Our Children
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Murielle (Emilie Dequenne) and Mounir (Tahar Rahim) love each other passionately. Ever since he was a boy, the young man has been living with Doctor Pinget (Niels Arestrup) who provides him with a comfortable life. When Mounir and Murielle decide to marry and have children, the couple's dependence on the doctor becomes excessive. Murielle finds herself caught up in an unhealthy emotional climate that insidiously leads the family towards a tragic outcome. (c) Distrib

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an interesting way to tell a story and a devastating journey, particularly since it's based on a real-life incident."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Our Children was inspired by a real-life Belgian tragedy, but director Joachim LaFosse has built that news item into his own micro-portrait of coercion dipped in kindness."
‑ Ella Taylor, NPR
"When the inevitable happens, Lafosse's restraint provokes dread - he's given us a real psychological understanding of the unthinkable."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The title can refer to the children whose tragic death the film is based on but more subtly on the dependency of Mounir, a North African, on his adoptive father and that of the wife on Mounir."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Our Children needs more heightened moments; its emphasis on quotidian frustration, while admirable (and probably accurate), just doesn't get across what ultimately made this woman snap."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
"This is a taut psychological study, based on a true story, of the complexities of personal power relationships that begins with the kind of shattering revelation that would be the conclusion of most films."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"At once beautifully realized and brutally uncompromising ..."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Challengingly takes the anti-CNN approach to a horrific crime, as upsetting . . . in trying to make the unfathomable credible. . .the film is nuanced and thoughtful."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Lafosse's of the material has the feel of a psychological crime scene investigation."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"Aware that a story of such grave human weight and consequence demands to be told exactingly if it is to be told at all, Lafosse's film succeeds most profoundly by refusing to phrase the inevitable question -- how could she? -- as a rhetorical one."
‑ Guy Lodge, HitFix
"There is no whodunit here -- the horror is plain in the opening shots -- and the how is presented with great restraint, but the why remains veiled and mysterious long after the film has ended."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"In terms of both plot and style (a string of one-face-then-another handheld shots), Our Children stakes everything on performance."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"The audience is held in a vise of claustrophobia, and every room seems full of tiny, screaming children."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"The film trades in a blank grimness that isn't emotionally involving as much as it is like watching some terrible accident you're helpless to prevent."
‑ Drew Taylor, The Playlist
"Expertly avoiding sensationalism, this potently acted drama reminds us of Jean Renoir's celebrated dictum, that everyone has their reasons."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
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