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My Son (2006)
"Mon fils à moi" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  7 March 2007 (France)
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Tragedy strikes a young boy and his over-protective mother.

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La mère
Victor Sévaux ...
Julien
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Le père
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Suzanne
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La grand mère
Michèle Moretti ...
La proviseur
Valentine Stach ...
Alice
Thomas Silberstein ...
Sam
Nicole Gros ...
La pâtissière
Maxime Monsimier ...
Copain Julien 1
Julien Oracz ...
Copain Julien 2
Ludmila Ruoso ...
Femme policier
Sébastien Guisset ...
Un policier
Esteban Challis ...
Un policier
Olivier Brunet ...
Déménageur piano 1
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Julien and his mum care for each other very much. But Julien has committed a deadly sin: he is growing into a teenager! Worse, he has found himself a girlfriend of his age. "Mummy" is not going to tolerate such an ignominy. Julien is HER baby and will remain HERS for ever, encouraged in her "crusade" by her bovine husband and barely thwarted by the more courageous interventions of Suzanne, Julien's sympathetic big sister. Written by Guy Bellinger

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French visa # 109310 delivered on 14-12-2006. See more »

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Je reviens te chercher
Lyrics by Pierre Delanoë
Music by Gilbert Bécaud (1967)
Performed by Gilbert Bécaud
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"Tense study of character..."
15 December 2010 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

12-year-old Julien lives with his mother, father and sister in a French suburb. His strict activity calendar consist of school, piano lessons with his grandmother, dancing hours with his mother, soccer practice with the boys and homework. His sister studies, his mother is a housewife and his father comes home from work late at night. Besides his regular routines Julien spends time with his girlfriend Alice, but his routine based days are starting to wear him down, and when his mother finds out that his grades are decreasing she demands better results from her son. Julien tries to please his mother, but is unable to meet her demands. In time she becomes controlling, questions everything he does and forces him to lie to his friends so that she can spend more time with him. Julien feels trapped in his own home and decides to ignore his mother's demands. His mother is broken by her sons disobedience and starts humiliating her son. Julien's silent and distant father shows him little interest and attention, has no idea about what is happening and lives on like everything is perfectly alright. Julien continues to ignore his mothers demands, but doesn't realize the consequences of his actions. His mother reveals him again, and this time she deprives him of all social interaction with others. She can't tolerate his behavior and begins to abuse him mentally and physically. Julien is isolated in his home and his mental state is regressing.

Martial Fougeron's steady, structural and stylistically directed psychological drama about child upbringing, is narrated mostly from the main character's point of view and is a dense and tense study of character of a tyrannical mother and her victimized son which is superbly acted by the whole ensemble, and especially by veteran actress Nathalie Baye as the mother and Victor Sévaux in his debut feature film role as the son. This distinctly photographed chamber piece where the dialog creates as much tension as the subtle editing, manages to maintain a persistent claustrophobic and foreboding atmosphere and is a highly concentrated thriller about a shattered French upper class family.


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