Four stars rather than five because it takes time for a film to make its greatness felt. What this movie does offer, though, is a fine example of the standard of work coming out of Belgium at the moment. The films of the Dardenne brothers, with their emphasis on gritty social realism, fine though that is, has become perhaps a little too synonymous with Belgian cimema as a whole. This film by Joachim Lafosse, in contrast,depicts an intimate family drama involving characters whose problems are all of their own making. They could be very unsympathetic, but he manages to make you care about them. The acting is superb throughout - particulary from the ever reliable Isabelle Huppert as the mother of two selfish twenty-something brothers who will not let her move on and lead a life of her own.
This movie fulfils an important criteria when purchasing a dvd: re-watchability. The manner in which Lafosse eschews the Hollywood fixation with unnessarily convoluted plotting, overheated drama and intrusive music (always a sure sign that a film is lacking in any true drama) is exemplary. It is definately a film that will reward further viewings. So, four stars for now, but I have a feeling that in a year or two I might well upgrade it to five. Very highly recommended.