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The Son of Joseph (2016)

Le fils de Joseph (original title)
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A discontented Parisian teenager in search of a father with (Mathieu Amalric) and (Fabrizio Rongione) as his, respectively, callous and gentle alternative paternal options, and (Natacha Régnier) as his single mother.


Eugène Green


Eugène Green (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Ezenfis Victor Ezenfis ... Vincent
Natacha Régnier ... Marie
Fabrizio Rongione ... Joseph
Mathieu Amalric ... Oscar Pormenor
Maria de Medeiros ... Violette Tréfouille
Julia Gros de Gasquet Julia Gros de Gasquet ... Bernadette (as Julia de Gasquet)
Jacques Bonnaffé ... Le paysan
Christelle Prot Christelle Prot ... Philomène
Adrien Michaux Adrien Michaux ... Philibert
Louise Moaty Louise Moaty ... Comédienne
Claire Lefilliâtre Claire Lefilliâtre ... Chanteuse
Vincent Dumestre Vincent Dumestre ... Théorbiste
Tom Gaspar Tom Gaspar ... Premier garçon (as Tom Gaspar-Darmon)
Oleg Ossina Oleg Ossina ... Second garçon
Félix Debraux Félix Debraux ... Dean


A discontented Parisian teenager in search of a father with (Mathieu Amalric) and (Fabrizio Rongione) as his, respectively, callous and gentle alternative paternal options, and (Natacha Régnier) as his single mother.

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In search of truth, a coming-of-age tale.
24 February 2018 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

I'm really bad at guessing things. When I first saw the film poster and read the title, I thought it could be about immigration. No, it isn't. This is a comedy, a black comedy, involving a teenager obsessed to find his biological father. So his adventure is where it all takes him was what comically portrayed.

There's nothing special about the story. Not in the initiation. So once the second half commence, that's where the film becomes unpredictable. Because all the developments were done in the earlier and what followed was simply an unexpected consequence.

Vincent, a teenager suddenly interested to know who is his birth father. He has not properly got answered by his mom for that question. So his quest begins, all in a right direction, but he did not expect it to turn out to be a disappointment. What follows after that was an interesting event ended with a simple twist.

First of all it is not your normal comedy flick. The storyline might look familiar, but presented on the screen artistically. I laughed at the cast's expressions than the comedy scenes/events. Especially in those shots where they have to see straight into the camera. Somewhat fun to watch, but overall just above average film.

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As I've said, they knew how to begin, even the conclusion was well figured out, but how to reach there was where they have got lost a little bit. Moreover, it all was done quite unexpected adventurously. That's what I saw in the poster and misunderstood prior of watching it.

As an animal lover, I hated that donkey part. The film looked decent, until that. They should have avoided it. But anyway, I'm glad I saw it. The cast was good and shot in some lovely outdoor places. At least I came to know this stylish filmmaker. Now I should keep an eye on him.

There are many good French comedies, so this is not one of them, a must see, yet I feel why not once. Because it is being so simple. Except the runtime was close to the two hours. They say it is a drama, but there's a more fun side of it than considering it a serious drama.

Finally, who knows, it could work better for you than me. But choose it carefully. Because this is not a famous French film of the year. Not many people know its existence. Above that, it might not be a great film, but surely not the worst to ignore without researching basic info before deciding what to do.


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20 April 2016 (France) See more »

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