The Son (2002)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

Original title:  Le Fils

Belgium/France, 2002.  Archipel 35, Les Films du Fleuve, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone.  Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 2002.  Toronto International Film Festival 2002.  

 plays a carpenter who works with young apprentices and finds himself in a bind when a juvenile delinquent with ties to his tragic past comes in with an application. Suddenly Gourmet is unable to tear himself away from the opportunity to heal the past by getting to know the youngster more, much to the chagrin of his wife and his own doubts. What follows is a heartbreaking, beautifully honest experience with the kind of gritty realism that the Dardennes brothers (Rosetta) bring to their films.

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