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: August 2, 2013
DVD 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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Eric Kohn

Lafosse's of the material has the feel of a psychological crime scene investigation.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

It's well performed and unflinchingly disturbing, raising bold questions about patriarchy, parenting and mental health.

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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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Ella Taylor

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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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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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

At once beautifully realized and brutally uncompromising ...

Nora Lee Mandel

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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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Even though the first scene eliminates some of the impact that the end should create, we can't deny how powerful and moving this film is - and Émilie… More
Walter M.
There is an old saying that as embracing as family can be, it can also be a trap. With the sobering movie "Our Children," we are given the most… More
Daniel Parsons
Devastating and hard to watch in places, this is an important film that will linger in the memory.