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: 92% 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.

Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times

If "The Son of Joseph" believes fervently in the restorative properties of painting, music and architecture, it is no less sincere in its affirmation of the redemptive power of human relationships.

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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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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The intelligent story makes the pluses outweigh the minuses in my mind.

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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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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Surprisingly moving in a redemptive finale that pays homage to not just the Christmas story, but the French Resistance as well. And it does it with reverence and a sense of joy that's immaculate in its conception.

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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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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The artificial acting style in this modern twist on the Nativity story may take some getting used to, but Green's puckish tweaking of the French literary set along with his moving take on paternity, make this one a charmer.

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