Private Property (Nue propriete)
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Private Property (Nue propriete)
A beautiful old farm in Belgium is home to Pascale and her twin sons Thierry and François . Although loving and ostensibly supportive of one another, each is still reeling from the divorce that divided the family some years earlier. Now in their late teens, the boys, to some extent, have begun to move in different directions. Thierry has chosen to continue his studies by enrolling in a local university, but François' passion remains in his incessant renovation of the family house. The two of them continue to rely on their father for money and neither one cares to leave behind the stability… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

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"The effect of all this acting out is less erotic than helplessly childish."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"What draws us into "Private Property" is how so many things happen under the surface, never commented upon. At any given moment, we cannot say for sure what the characters fully feel, since they often act at right angles to their emotions."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Intense and very involving drama by Belgian director Joachim Lafosse."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Thanks to the acuity of their performances, the old adage "You always hurt the ones you love" rings new and true."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"There's not a wasted word and the performances are impressive in Joachim Lafosse's hugely impressive film."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"An impeccably acted character drama revolving around a mother and her teenage twin sons, Private Property shows how strong and how terrifying the bonds within families can be."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"[Director] Lafosse's frustrating, yet beautifully elegiac coda emphasizes the point that his production and storytelling style have been making throughout: Private Property is about processes, not conclusions."
‑ Tasha Robinson, Chicago Tribune
"Brilliantly acted but oppressively dour."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"Huppert is superb, her lonely heroine both sympathetically vulnerable and yet also slightly culpable for her sons' terribly selfish behaviour."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"Once again Europe shows Hollywood how to put together a funny, sexy, scary, thought-provoking drama and pack it into 90 intense minutes"
‑ Don Willmott,
"It wouldn't be accurate to call Private Property a thriller, but it has a slow-burning intensity that's oddly suspenseful, and it shifts gears effectively once the tense family dynamic suddenly changes."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Sometimes the path of excess leads not to the tower of wisdom, but to exhaustion."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"Ingeniously uncomfortable but occasionally too opaque, Private Property is a darkly inventive family drama."
‑ Steve Watson, Film4
"Save the effort by asking the neighbours if you can come round for ten minutes every night for a week. A wet week. Before pay day."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"Lafosse gives it an arbitrary rest without clearing up a few mysteries, which unfortunately means he doesn't have to acknowledge or deal with them."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
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