Son Frère (His Brother)
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Patrice Chéreau, who directed the controversial Intimacy, returns with another story of a human relationship under difficult circumstances. Thomas (Bruno Todeschini) has been estranged from his brother Luc (Eric Caravaca) for several years, due in part to Thomas' difficulties in dealing with Luc's homosexuality. But when Thomas is diagnosed with a rare blood disease, which is difficult to treat and impossible to cure, he decides he wants to bring Luc back into his life. The brothers soon become inseparable, with Luc constantly at Thomas' side as he vainly struggles against the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie brings disease back to metaphoric ground zero and, in the process, links the sick and the healthy in one significant but often overlooked manner: We're all prisoners of our own bodies."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Both [Todeschini] and Caravaca do a great deal with very little histrionics to make auds care for two brothers who are clearly re-learning to appreciate their family ties, but who only rarely confront each other about their respective emotional journeys."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"One of the best films about such a deceptively simple thing as brotherly love to have come out of France in quite a while."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
"Somber, almost clinically severe...ultimately 'Son Frere,' for all its admirable qualities, fails to move us."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The same black-and-blue realism that made French director Patrice Chereau's romance Intimacy such a memorable, if gloomy, experience is once again evident in this moody adaptation of Philippe Besson's novel."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An observant little film that plays like a poignant étude."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Just the quiet drama of two brothers, briefly reunited in their old Nantes neighborhood. Just the small essential struggle of one man, trying to make sense of a life before it's gone."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"While visually impressive -- the film won the Silver Bear for best director at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival -- Son Frere is draining to look at."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Its laser-like focus on these two brothers, coming back together just as death is about to pull them apart, is compelling and emotionally honest."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"While it's not the most dramatically gripping film, Son achieves an effective sense of realism with handheld camerawork, natural lighting and very convincing performances."
‑ , E! Online
"It's as honest as it is agonizing."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"Hushed, clinical, grimly paced, and moving."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It features two of the least interesting characters in recent memory."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Fine performances, but it feels like they are being reined in to keep their emotional distance - from each other and from the audience. Still... it can be devastating."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"Beneath its surface of chronic suffering and hospital details, Chereau's best drama etches a humane, sensitive, and richly moving portrait of fraternal love struggling to mitigate human frailty."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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