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A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivier Gourmet ... Olivier
Morgan Marinne Morgan Marinne ... Francis
Isabella Soupart Isabella Soupart ... Magali
Nassim Hassaïni Nassim Hassaïni ... Omar
Kevin Leroy Kevin Leroy ... Raoul
Félicien Pitsaer Félicien Pitsaer ... Steve
Rémy Renaud Rémy Renaud ... Philippo (as Remy Renaud)
Annette Closset Annette Closset ... La Directrice du Centre
Fabian Marnette Fabian Marnette ... Rino
Pierre Nisse ... Apprenti Soudeur 1
Stephan Barbason Stephan Barbason ... Apprenti Soudeur 2
David Manna David Manna ... Apprenti Soudeur 3
Abdellah Amarjouf Abdellah Amarjouf ... Apprenti Soudeur 4
Jimmy Deloof Jimmy Deloof ... Dany
Anne Gerard Anne Gerard ... La Mère de Dany (as Gérard Anne)
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Olivier - meticulous, careful, even-handed - teaches carpentry at a vocational school in Liège. He's asked to take on Francis, 16, a new student. He declines the request then begins to watch, even spy on, the new lad. Olivier knows something. Later that day, he's visited by Magali, his ex-wife, who tells him that she's remarrying and is pregnant. Olivier seems to follow instinctive responses: "why today?" he demands of Magali; he continues to follow Francis; he changes his mind about enrolling the youth. What's the history between the two? After that becomes clear, what is it Olivier will do? Is this precise and measured carpenter in control of himself? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Diaphana [France]

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French

Release Date:

9 October 2002 (Belgium) See more »

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Liège, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$585, 30 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$65,571, 19 October 2003
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1.66 : 1
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A movie about forgiveness
29 March 2007 | by WilliamCKHSee all my reviews

The Son is a movie about forgiveness, and how the very act of forgiving propels you forward as a human being. And to not only forgive the person who took away your son, but to become a guardian, a teacher to that person is an act of grace. Olivier exhibits this grace throughout the movie, but it is a grace that is not evident by just watching him on a day to day basis. You have have to follow him, listen to him, be with him constantly and understand his circumstances to realize this. I suppose, in a way, that many people possess this grace, but its hard to find it in them if you can't follow them around with a camera. Olivier, on the surface, would not seem like a very interesting person if you saw him on the street, or worked with him on a daily basis, and the boy seems like a dolt, but this movie makes them so interesting, so compassionate, not as characters, but as real people. It teaches you to look beneath the surface of things, of human beings, and if you look hard enough, you'll find beauty everywhere.


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