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Our Children

À perdre la raison

Belgium | 2012 | 111 minutes | Joachim Lafosse

With a story ripped from the headlines and a gut-wrenching performance from Emilie Dequenne, Belgium's Academy Award® submission offers an intimate look at one family's devastating spiral towards tragedy.

May 28, 2013
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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May 31, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Belgium-born Murielle and Moroccan immigrant Mounir are desperately in love and recently married. The newlyweds enjoy flirtatious smiles and elongated goodbyes. To save money, the couple moves in with Mounir’s adoptive father and employer, Andre. Soon it is clear that Andre and Mounir have formed a deep and complicated relationship that leaves Murielle progressively isolated. As their family grows larger with the birth of three successive daughters, Murielle’s world grows smaller, crowded by her increasingly domineering husband and his father. The weight of the men and the waning presence of hope in her life crush Murielle, and eventually drive her to unforgivable ends. Shot with extreme intimacy and framed to represent Murielle’s claustrophobic and collapsing world, Our Children marks director Joachim Lafosse’s fifth and most impressive film to date. Anchored by a heartbreaking performance by Emilie Dequenne (Rosetta), and reuniting A Prophet stars Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup as the two men, the film builds effortlessly to its tragic end.

Director Biography
Joachim Lafosse is a Belgian director and screenwriter. In 2001, his graduation film TRIBU won Best Short Film at the Namur Film Festival. He directed his first feature Private Madness in 2004, and his 2006 film Private Property starred the famous French actress Isabelle Huppert.

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Director: Joachim Lafosse
Principal Cast: Émilie Dequenne, Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Beya Belal, Stéphane Bissot
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 111 minutes
Producer: Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart, Jani Thitges, Sylvie Pialat, Thierry Spicher
Screenplay: Joachim Lafosse, Thomas Bidegain, Matthieu Reynaert
Cinematographers: Jean-Francois Hensgens
Editors: Sophie Vercruysse
Music: Adriano Giardina
Website: http://www.filmsdulosange.fr/en/film/11/our-children
Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (Un Certain Regard: Best Actress) Official Oscar Submission 2012 (Foreign
Filmography: Private Lessons (2008); Private Property (2006); Ça rend heureux (2006); Private Madness (2004)
Language: French, Arabic
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Distrib Films
International Sales: Les Films Du Losange
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