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My Son (2017)

Mon garçon (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 12 April 2019 (USA)
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The disappearance of his child sends a man on a dark path to find the truth.


Christian Carion


Christian Carion (scenario), Laure Irrmann (scenario)



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Cast overview:
Guillaume Canet ... Julien Perrin
Mélanie Laurent ... Marie Blanchard
Olivier de Benoist Olivier de Benoist ... Grégoire Rochas
Antoine Hamel Antoine Hamel ... Homme du pick-up
Mohamed Brikat Mohamed Brikat ... Lieutenant Verrier
Lino Papa Lino Papa ... Mathys
Marc Robert Marc Robert ... Le chef des ravisseurs
Pierre Langlois Pierre Langlois ... Ravisseur 2
Tristan Pagès ... Ravisseur 3
Christophe Rossignon Christophe Rossignon ... Directeur Centre de loisirs
Pierre Desmaret Pierre Desmaret ... Chasseur
Ronnie Avenel Ronnie Avenel ... Homme du RAID
Vanessa Desmaret Vanessa Desmaret ... Léa au téléphone (voice)
Dominique Plaideau Dominique Plaideau ... Homme message alerte enlèvement


Julien travels constantly through work; his perpetual absence in his house has ruined his marriage. During a stopover in France, he receives a message from his very anguished ex-wife: Mathys, his seven-year-old son, has disappeared. Julien begins the search for his son. It will stop at nothing to recover the child.

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A child in danger. A father in pursuit.


Drama | Thriller


PG-13 | See all certifications »



France | Belgium



Release Date:

12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La búsqueda See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,750, 12 May 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,782, 26 May 2019
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Guillaume Canet and his female co-star did not know anything about the details of the script, only the overall scheme. They discovered the story along the shooting, scene by scene. See more »

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On an experimental basis.
27 July 2018 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The thriller based on child abduction has undergone some changes since André Cayatte days ;they try to treat it in a more realistic way,by concentrating on the relationship between the parents ;and here,sadly ,we run into the hip cliché :the parents are separated ,but they still love each other,in spite of it all .Fortunately the wife's new partner is not cardboard .And the scene between the two rivals,which begins in a genial way , ends up in violence ,from whispers to screams is a good moment;the best scene of an "experimental" movie, maybe an impromptu performance , it takes advantage of a relevant detail: the wife's miscarriage ,as she was pregnant by her new companion :"you did not forgive her (me),so you have abducted and probably killed my own boy!"you're only concerned by your new shack ,your own happiness!"

The police are present ,but their role is so insignificant the viewer is wondering why he pays taxes to be protected by them!

The word is "experimental": Guillaume Canet had not read the screenplay and thus did not know the ending ; his co-stars did though(after all ,Henri Georges Clouzot regretted that Simone Signoret had read "Les diaboliques" screenplay for he did not like the way she played her character).

I thoroughly agree with the precedent users : too many implausibilities , the psychological drama turns into soft Rambo stuff ,in which Canet ,an intellectual geologist world-traveler (why are you never here when your son needs you? his wife screams ,quite rightly so) shows what he's made of.Single --handedly,yes sir! The flashbacks , now real ones ,thanks to mobiles and computers ,make the difference with the thrillers of yore .But it makes Julien's quest look like a video game :aren't the first (enormous) clues given by the computer?The police are too dumb to have noticed the license plate -anyway it's so implausible that we think it's a wrong track.

A movie which starts well,but gets bogged down along the way; too much filler( both final sequences could be a nice commercial : "a good day begins with a good breakfast :the cereals X......make all the difference!") too many flashbacks which do not make up for the plot holes .

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