The Son
The Son (2003)

Olivier, a carpentry instructor at a vocational training center for troubled boys, has his world turned upside down with the arrival of Francis, a mysterious 16-year-old. Unbeknownst to Francis, a past tragedy, involving Olivier's son,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 10, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Austere, finely crafted, and compelling.

Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Fails to provide enough tension to draw us into what, at first, seems a properly chilling crime drama.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

[Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's] most gripping film to date.

Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

It's a clear-eyed style of filmmaking reminiscent of The Decalogue or The Bicycle Thief, movies that adopt a raw, bare-bones aesthetic to capture the difficult morality of everyday life.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

If you have to pick between movies about the spiritual passion of tortured carpenters, make this the one.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A miraculously straightforward drama of deep symbolism and lingering power.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There's no music, not much dialogue (and what there is is mundane), a deliberately bland video look, and not much happens.

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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic

A substantial story about how one man handles his personal turmoil.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

It's spring-loaded with tension and driven by agonizing moral choice.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

The Son will dazzle you if you patiently think it through and discuss it. The effort you put into it will determine how much it rewards you in the end.

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[font=Century Gothic]In "The Son", Olivier(Olivier Gourmet) is a carpentry instructor at a work center. At first, he decides against adding a new… More