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Title:
The son Le fils
Author:
Dardenne, Jean-Pierre, 1951-
Publication Information:
[United States] : New Yorker Video, [2004]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Oliver is working as a carpentry instructor in a French suburb. He develops an obsession with a new student and offers him friendship and advice with a frightening lack of affection. Oliver's connection to the boy is slowly and painfully revealed.
General Note:
Title from container.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2002.

Special features: Foreign trailer -- Scene selections -- Interview with the Dardenne brothers -- Interview with Olivier Gourmet -- Still gallery -- Filmographies.
Language:
French
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
ISBN:
9781567303452
UPC:
717119875442
Format :
DVD

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This downbeat drama by acclaimed Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne bears a thematic and formal resemblance to their previous works, La Promesse and the Palme D'Or winner Rosetta. Dardenne brothers' regular Olivier Gourmet is in every frame as the stern Olivier, a carpenter who teaches the craft to teenagers seeking a vocation. Olivier's drab routine is interrupted by the enrollment of a new student, Francis (Morgan Marinne), who becomes the object of the carpenter's inexplicable obsession. Speaking with his ex-wife, Magali (Isabella Soupart), about his new charge, Olivier reveals the reason for his fixation: Francis was the young street tough who murdered their child years ago. Now out of juvenile prison, Francis seeks to start anew, and eventually even asks the flummoxed Olivier to become his guardian. Olivier withholds his knowledge from the oblivious Francis, even as a tentative relationship between the two develops. The tense scenario leads to a climactic confrontation at a lumberyard, as the past finally catches up with teacher and student. This rigorous and deliberately paced film played in competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, where Gourmet was awarded the best actor prize. ~ Elbert Ventura, Rovi