The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph)
The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017)

Eugène Green drops biblical motifs--Abraham and Isaac, Mary and Joseph--into this genuinely contemporary setting as if it were the most natural thing in the world, augmenting them with nods to crime films, Italian Baroque music, a Doisneau… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 13, 2017
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Son of Joseph bolsters some strong work from writer-director Eugène Green with absorbing performances and thought-provoking themes explored in a unique framework.

Glenn Kenny

Green is on to his own thing, and while it takes some getting used to, it ultimately provides big rewards both in entertainment (I found it reliably warm and funny) and Stuff with a Capital S.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Nothing buoys the occasionally claustrophobic Son of Joseph more than the radiant, freckled face of newcomer Ezenfis ...

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Michael Joshua Rowin
Brooklyn Magazine

There's a lightness to Green's touch, and a gentle beauty to many of his images, that redeems its flaws and even courts the sublime.

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

"The Son of Joseph" can be trying in its whimsy, yet it builds to a lovely finale that evokes the Bible, the French Resistance and the surreal.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

The passionate heart of the action, Vincent's quest for emotional connection, involves his radical rejection of norms and proprieties and sparks the timeless fury of revolt; it's as thrilling as it is ingenious.

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Nathanael Hood
The Young Folks

There's more obvious method behind Green's madness than the majority of directors currently working the art house/film festival circuit.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

It's overlong, but behind its jabs at literary pretension, droll punchlines, and minimalist sight gags lies a search for the kind of guidance that parables used to impart.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Green channels his historical and theological obsessions into a modern comedy of manners.

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Jordi Costa
El Pais (Spain)

Like all of Green's works, this film seeks to show the transcendence in everyday life through austere planning. [Full review in Spanish]

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