Our Children

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À perdre la raison

“Family tragedy intermingles with gender politics in a penetrating psychological drama from Belgian auteur Joachim Lafosse.” — Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

Director: Joachim Lafosse
Year: 2012
Running time: 111 mins
Censor Rating: R13 - content may disturb

Producers: Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart, Jani Thiltges, Sylvie Pialat, Thierry Spicher
Screenplay: Joachim Lafosse, Matthieu Reynaert, Thomas Bidegain
Photography: Jean-François Hensgens
Editor: Sophie Vercruysse
Production designer: Anna Falguères
In French and Arabic, with English subtitles
CinemaScope

With: Niels Arestrup (André Pinget), Tahar Rahim (Mounir), Emilie Dequenne (Murielle), Baya Belal (Rachida), Stéphane Bissot (Françoise), Mounia Raoui (Fatima), Redouane Behache (Samir), Yannick Renier (radiologist), Nathalie Boutefeu (Dr De Clerck)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2012

A tough movie, and an exceptionally perceptive one, Joachim Lafosse’s drama is inspired by a real-life case in Belgium, though there are many cases, broadcast in headlines worldwide, from which he might have chosen.

“Infanticide is a problem society can’t quite face in the eye, and many will prefer to pass on Our Children for just that reason. Those brave enough… will witness an intelligent and responsible treatment from Belgian director Lafosse, a deeply moving performance by Emilie Dequenne, and a devastating look at a young woman come undone… Our Children isn’t simply a story of a mother with post-natal depression. It’s much more oblique, and, like any family, complicated than that. Lafosse ratchets up the domestic drama to slowly force his principals into a position where the denouement – which is thankfully never depicted onscreen – is at least approaching a point where it can be understood.” — Fionnuala Halligan, Screendaily

NZIFF STAFF PICK: Bill Gosden, Rebecca McMillan