Screened as part of NZIFF 2012

Our Children 2012

À perdre la raison

Directed by Joachim Lafosse

Joachim Lafosse’s psychological drama provides insight into and analysis of a real-life case of maternal infanticide. “A deeply moving performance by Emilie Dequenne, and a devastating look at a young woman come undone.” — Screendaily

Belgium / France / Luxembourg / Switzerland In Arabic and French with English subtitles
111 minutes CinemaScope



Jacques-Henri Bronckart
Olivier Bronckart
Jani Thiltges
Sylvie Pialat
Thierry Spicher


Joachim Lafosse
Matthieu Reynaert
Thomas Bidegain


Jean-François Hensgens


Sophie Vercruysse

Production designer

Anna Falguères


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)


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