A divorced mother of two boys reaching adulthood decides to sell their house, find love and get on with her life away from her husband and sons; a decision that will lead to an escalating fraternal dispute.
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Since Luc granted a divorce to Pascale ten years ago, he paid generous alimony and left a fine country house as long as their twin sons remain at home. Pascale always acted as if she was the provider and head of the household, even now the inseparable brothers are twenty. But she started a secret affair with Flemish neighbor, cook Jan, whose ambition is to start a restaurant and B&B with her. As the boys learn she wants to cancel her job and sell the house for the project, college-man Thierry, who has a steady girl Anne, naturally refuses to let her spend dad's money meant for them. Gentler François, content to remain a handyman, would consider letting her and maybe working in the 'family business'. This causes trouble, even after Pascale moves out to Gerda's indefinitely, leading to tragedy.Written by
Look, I told you not to come here anymore. Don't come round anymore, full stop. Just transfer the money. Meet wherever you want, but not here.
Pascale, I'm not a bank. And I can still see them, can't I? Are we going to have a fight because I came to see the kids?
No, but do I go and do my stuff at your place?
I bought this house. Without my money, who knows where you'd be?
If you want to see your father, you'll have to do it somewhere else.
I still have a right to see them, God damn it!
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"Quietly atmospheric and incisively sociological..."
Belgian screenwriter and director Joachim Lafosse's third feature film which he co-wrote with Belgian screenwriter Francois Pirot and Iranian screenwriter and director Philippe Blasband, premiered In competition at the 63rd Venice Film Festival in 2006, was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 27th Toronto International Film Festival in 2006, was shot on location in Belgium and is a Belgium-France-Luxembourg co-production which was produced by producer Joseph Rouschop. It tells the story about a mother named Pascale who lives in a house in a commune in Belgium with her two sons named Thierry and Francois. Pascale is barely on speaking terms with Thierry and Francois' father named Luc whom she divorced a decade earlier and is secretly having a relationship with her Flemish neighbour named Jan whom is encouraging her to sell her house and move away with him, but when Pascale begins expressing her future plans to Thierry and Francois she gets nothing but resistance.
Distinctly and precisely directed by Belgian filmmaker Joachim Lafosse, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints, draws a dense and objectively heartrending portrayal of a father whom is almost being prohibited from visiting his two sons, a mother whom is getting inspirations from her lover which could affect the lives of her children and her relationship with them and a heartily relationship between two close to inseparable twin brothers who are very pleased with living with their mother and kidding around with her. While notable for it's naturalistic milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by cinematographer Hichame Alaouil, production design by production designer Anna Falguères and use of sound and colors, this dialog-driven story about conflicts of will and compromises within family relations where a woman whom has gotten the house her former husband bought and both of their boys to herself begins to consider leaving her job, her infants and her home which belongs as much to them as it does to her, depicts two involving studies of character and contains a timely instrumental score.
This authentic, at times humorous, cinematographic and reverently humane drama from the late 2000s which is set mostly on a grand property nearby a town in Belgium and where the idea of selling a family house and the introduction of a new man causes a student to revolt against his mother and proclaim what he and his brother whom is polishing doors is entitled to, is impelled and reinforced by it's refined narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, moral and psychological undertones, distinguished style of filmmaking, comment by Luc : "We just tried, and it didn't work out. That's all." and the poignant acting performances by French actress Isabelle Huppert, Belgian actors Jérémie Renier, Yannick Renier and Patrick Descamps, Belgian actress Raphaëlle Lubansu and Flemish actor Kris Cuppens. A quietly atmospheric and incisively sociological character piece which gained the SIGNIS Award - Honorable Mention Joachim Lafosse at the 63rd Venice Film Festival in 2006.
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