Our Children
Our Children (2013)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: December 16, 2013
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A wrenching, quietly violent psychodrama, Our Children has the courage to ask difficult questions, and the strength to leave the answers to the viewer.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It's an interesting way to tell a story and a devastating journey, particularly since it's based on a real-life incident.

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Ella Taylor
NPR

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.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

When the inevitable happens, Lafosse's restraint provokes dread - he's given us a real psychological understanding of the unthinkable.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

At once beautifully realized and brutally uncompromising ...

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Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

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.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

In terms of both plot and style (a string of one-face-then-another handheld shots), Our Children stakes everything on performance.

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

The audience is held in a vise of claustrophobia, and every room seems full of tiny, screaming children.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Even though the first scene eliminates some of the impact that the end should cause, one cannot deny how powerful and moving this film is - and Émilie Dequenne… More
Daniel Parsons
Devastating and hard to watching places, this is an important film that will longer in the memory.