The Son is more than a horror film, I think, if there is one genre that has a clear widespread appeal and about just as many takers when it comes to audience numbers, it is the thriller. Let's face it we all love being bested at the movies. A thriller with a twist one can see coming from miles away or one that isn't convincing enough simply won't stick: it has to be a compelling one all through. For the average Netflix viewer or the binge watcher I bring good news the film the Son is one you must watch. If you haven't already watched it, I suggest you do straightaway.
The Son' is the unfortunate tryst of one man, Lorenzo Roy, an artist with a troubled history of marriage and domestic life with his first wife and two daughters living separately. However, life has barely started looking up for Lorenzo since he is now more involved with his work, and has a second wife that he loves and is trying to have a child with, Sigrid. The couple is close with another couple, Renato and Julieta, the latter of who has had a history with Lorenzo. Shortly into the film, it is revealed that Sigrid is a biologist, and Lorenzo's current series of paintings that he wishes to put up on display are inspired from her research. Her research and his devotion to reveal her truth about their son brings an end to him.
If you are looking for easy answers, this may not be the right film for you. However, if your like me, you like a decently made thriller that mines from its characters and setting and nearly all tools of film: editing, background score, lighting, cinematography and the like, delivering a satisfyingly incomplete puzzle, look no further than 'The Son'. After a couple of mediocre movies in the last weeks by Netflix, I am glad that this little Argentine indie gem will be able to reach a wider audience. It is tense, it is real and it keeps you hooked over its original narrative of the seemingly mundane. It's finely made, and you cannot help but appreciate the craft in some scenes, especially the sound design. It may not have all the answers, but has enough to keep you thinking over the weekend.