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Le fils (2002)

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 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]

Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 October 2002 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Liège, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$585, 30 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$65,571, 19 October 2003
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Dolby Digital

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1.66 : 1
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Do you still want to be a carpenter?
21 February 2006 | by drunk-drunker-drunkestSee all my reviews

The directors of 'The Son', brothers Jeane-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, are together experienced documentarians. This is made explicitly clear in the film's style, which affords the camera the rare opportunity in modern cinema to see rather than show. The difference is immense. Renoir, Ozu and Rossellini understood the difference, and now the Dardennes can be added to that illustrious list.

The Dardenne brothers are masters of exploding the minutiae of everyday life to beautiful, poetic proportions. Their films are largely concerned with observing people at work (see also Rosetta and La Promesse), obsessively detailing the intricate structures and routines of the mundane, the everyday. Hitchcock famously described film as life with the boring bits removed; a Dardenne film is life with the boring bits dissected, investigated and ultimately celebrated.

The film is about all the sons - the sons that were, the sons that are and the sons that will be - and all should see it.


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