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Our Children (2012)

À perdre la raison (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 30 May 2012 (Belgium)
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Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle fall in love. Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle have children. But unlike them, they accept to give up their autonomy ... See full summary »

Director:

Joachim Lafosse

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Matthieu Reynaert (scenario), Thomas Bidegain (scenario) | 1 more credit »
8 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Émilie Dequenne ... Murielle
Claire Bodson Claire Bodson ... La femme policier hopital
Niels Arestrup ... André Pinget
Tahar Rahim ... Mounir
Jean-Charles Hautera Jean-Charles Hautera ... Professeur Maryns
Stéphane Bissot ... Françoise
Daniel Feis Daniel Feis ... Le pianiste
Baya Belal Baya Belal ... Rachida
Mounia Raoui Mounia Raoui ... Fatima
Redouane Behache Redouane Behache ... Samir
Joé Michels Joé Michels ... Jade (nouveau-né)
Eléa Gillard Eléa Gillard ... Jade (3 mois)
Charlie Hoscheck Charlie Hoscheck ... Jade (3 mois)
Lisa Murcia Lisa Murcia ... Jade (1 an 1 / 2)
Gabin Lard Gabin Lard ... Sohane (nouveau-né)
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Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle fall in love. Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle have children. But unlike them, they accept to give up their autonomy by agreeing to live with Mounir's well off adoptive father, Doctor André Pinget. On the material level, all is well. But a house is not a home, and Murielle feels more and more stifled... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama

Certificate:

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Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

30 May 2012 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Children See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,500, 4 August 2013

Gross USA:

$23,203

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$700,215
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The official entry of Belgium to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »

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References Rocky III (1982) See more »

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A subtle portrait of abuse
7 January 2017 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Depression is a terrible thing. The opening scene of 'My Children' tells us that an awful thing has happened, and the rest of the movie provides the background to the tragedy. It's a slow-paced film, and for much of its length, it feels too slow-paced for its own plot: it's not easy to see how the status quo is going to descend into tragedy within the allotted time. In the event, the end is sudden and not directly provoked: the cause is rather internal, the final snapping of its protagonist amid inner despair. Nonetheless, depression can be induced by real-world causes, and the film is actually, aside from its dramatic conclusion, an intriguing study of a subtly abusive relationship between an elderly doctor who in effect adopted a Moroccan family. In return for his generosity, he sought control, more control than any one person should have over the lives of others. Director Joachim Lafosse strangely shoots many scenes through out-of-focus doorways, a stylistic tic that I didn't quite understand; but this a powerful study nonetheless, a disturbing portrait of a family life that is superficially idyllic, but somehow not right nonetheless


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