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Our Children (2012)

À perdre la raison (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 30 May 2012 (Belgium)
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Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle fall in love. Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle have children. But unlike them, they accept to give up their autonomy ... See full summary »

Director:

Joachim Lafosse

Writers:

Matthieu Reynaert (scenario), Thomas Bidegain (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Émilie Dequenne ... Murielle
Claire Bodson Claire Bodson ... La femme policier hopital
Niels Arestrup ... André Pinget
Tahar Rahim ... Mounir
Jean-Charles Hautera Jean-Charles Hautera ... Professeur Maryns
Stéphane Bissot ... Françoise
Daniel Feis Daniel Feis ... Le pianiste
Baya Belal Baya Belal ... Rachida
Mounia Raoui Mounia Raoui ... Fatima
Redouane Behache Redouane Behache ... Samir
Joé Michels Joé Michels ... Jade (nouveau-né)
Eléa Gillard Eléa Gillard ... Jade (3 mois)
Charlie Hoscheck Charlie Hoscheck ... Jade (3 mois)
Lisa Murcia Lisa Murcia ... Jade (1 an 1 / 2)
Gabin Lard Gabin Lard ... Sohane (nouveau-né)
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Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle fall in love. Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle have children. But unlike them, they accept to give up their autonomy by agreeing to live with Mounir's well off adoptive father, Doctor André Pinget. On the material level, all is well. But a house is not a home, and Murielle feels more and more stifled... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

30 May 2012 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Children See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,500, 4 August 2013

Gross USA:

$23,203

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$700,215
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Filmed in eleven weeks. See more »

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References Rocky III (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Femmes je vous aime
Lyrics by Jean-Loup Dabadie
Composed and performed by Julien Clerc
(1982)
Sung in the car by 'Emilie Dequenne'
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Despite its selection at Cannes International Film Festival 2012,This is an ordinary film made by Belgian director Joachim Lafosse.
3 June 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

This film by Belgian director Joachim Lafosse speaks about the imminent clash of civilizations between two young people as the film contains numerous references to differences of culture. As a film about an important contemporary topic which is liable to draw diverse opinions,Our children largely fails to make great impact on viewers as it does not ask pertinent questions. What bothers the most is that the most elementary question of a mother killing all her five children without any remorse is never answered ? It can be surmised that the reason for this absence of a direct reply lies in the film being merely an ordinary story where viewers are made to be mute spectators of a series of incidents happening in the lives of the protagonists. Although the film features good acting by veteran actors Niels Arestrup, Emilie Dequenne and Tahar Rahim viewers might develop a feeling that the film fails to effectively deal with its main plot. It is observed that most films about murders in a family tend to sensationalize the issue by taking sides. A viewer would feel happy to learn that Joachim Lafosse chose to deliberately avoid such an artistic trap. Lastly, it is this quality which would work in his favor. Belgian film 'Our Children'/A Perdre La Raison is based on the real life incident involving a Belgian woman Geneviève Lhermitte who killed her five children in 2007.It was part of 'Un Certain Regard' section at 65th Cannes International Film Festival 2012.


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