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also known as À perdre la raison

Our Children2012

  • 3.9
Based on true events, celebrated director Joachim Lafosse's intense, multi-layered dissection of an unorthodox family unit created an unprecedented buzz at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and won Emilie Dequenne the prestigious Best Actress Award. Young and full of life, Murielle (Émilie Dequenne) has a promising future ahead of her when she meets and falls head over heels for Mounir (Tahar Rahim). A wedding soon follows and the happy couple quickly set about preparing to make a family. However, with family come ties, and none come as tight as that between Mounir and his adoptive father (Niels Arestrup). As Murielle continues to bring new life into the family, frictions between Mounir and Doctor Pinget reach boiling point. Helpless to extract her husband and children from the wealthy nest that Pinget has provided for them, Murielle is drawn into an unhealthy family dynamic. There is only one way out of this nightmare and for Murielle all sense of reasoning begins to abandon her.

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Very well-made film. Kept me interested during the entirety of the film. The acting was exceptional from all the actors but the performance of Emilie Dequenne was the best. Tahar Rahim proves himself again to be a wonderful French actor even better than his performances in Love and Bruises and A Prophet. The scene in the car as she slowly breaks down is so moving and so real to the experience of depression. I would have given it 5 stars but the ending is so tragic and I had a hesitation to give all 5 stars. So 4 stars it is.

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Very well-made film. Kept me interested during the entirety of the film. The acting was exceptional from all the actors but the performance of Emilie Dequenne was the best. Tahar Rahim proves himself again to be a wonderful French actor even better than his performances in Love and Bruises and A Prophet. The scene in the car as she slowly breaks down is so moving and so real to the experience of depression. I would have given it 5 stars but the ending is so tragic and I had a hesitation to give all 5 stars. So 4 stars it is.

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Interesting to see how vulnerable this woman was to be manipulated to the point of mass destruction, not just her own. A very sad story about a fragile and broken mind, and the one main flaw in the film is that we don't get enough insight into the construction and destruction of her mental make up.

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A tragedy unfolding slowly, grimly. In the end generating depression in the viewer. Three stars just because it's so well made. Reluctant to give it more because the tragedy was so depressing.

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AMAZING film on so many levels. Very, very , sad. Hard to say I loved it, but I did.

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4 Stars- Very intense sad drama, worth watching. The cinematography is ugly though. This is a Wide Screen movie but for some reason it was decided to cover either the right or left side of the shot in numerous scenes. Makes you feel like an outsider, as if you are peeking in instead of being there. Good soundtrack.

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A really compelling portrayal of the slow disintegration of a woman's identity within a male - dominated family structure.