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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 »

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Joachim Lafosse

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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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Drama

Certificate:

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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Lyrics by Jean-Loup Dabadie
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Horrible act. Terrible destiny
15 December 2015 | by guy-bellingerSee all my reviews

The film is directly inspired by the case of Geneviève Lhermitte, a Belgian woman who, in 2008, brutally murdered her five children.

What in the world drove this hitherto model mother to such a barbarous act... is the anguished question asked by writer-director Joachim Lafosse (also Belgian) in this intense if somewhat restrained drama. A question all the harder to answer when the deplorable "heroine" of this family tragedy was at a loss, as she put it, "to understand what has happened, for I still haven't understood. I acted the opposite way to what I thought."

Lafosse cannot provide THE answer, it goes without saying. How could he since the real-life murderess in person proved unable to understand herself? But he tries hard to come as close to the truth as possible. In any case, he refuses to condemn her. Instead, he describes thoroughly all the stages of the way of the cross she undergoes before committing her irreversible act.

Co-written with Matthieu Raynaert and Jacques Audiard's favorite screenwriter Thomas Bidegain, "A perdre la raison" indeed follows the various developments of the affair very realistically even if the names and a few details have been changed (after all this is a fiction work, not a documentary) : Geneviève has become Murielle and her husband is named Mounir instead of Bouchaib. Plus, the couple in the fiction has four children whereas they had five in the real situation. As for their evil genius, he is not Dr. Michel Schaar any longer, but Dr. André Pinget. Basically however, all the seeds of the tragedy sown in real life are present in the fiction and in it too the wild wind cannot but be reaped: once established the toxic relationships between Murielle (who craves the intimacy of a love nest), Mounir (whose gratefulness to his foster father lets him invade it) and André (who gives the couple everything but controls their lives from A to Z), the infernal machine is activated and – a constant in classic tragedy – nothing can stop it.

Such an approach will naturally be effective only if it rests on strong acting performances, which is fortunately the case here. Emilie Dequenne ("Rosetta", "La fille du RER") is deeply moving as Murielle, this Mother Courage - Mater Dolorosa turned Medea, while Tahar Rahim ("Un prophète", "Grand Central") translates to perfection Mounir's affectionate but weak temperament. As for Niels Arestrup ("Un prophète", "Diplomatie"), the formidable actor proves more menacing and terrifying than ever in the role of the couple's Nemesis hiding beneath a friendly exterior.

Quite a gripping work, "A perdre la raison" is a film experience you will find hard to forget. Both a cold analysis of a tragic news event and the sympathetic portrait of a desperate woman, it is one of the most impressive movies shown in 2012.


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