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Son [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Olivier Gourmet , Morgan Marinne , Jean-Pierre Dardenne , Luc Dardenne    DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart, Nassim Hassaïni, Kevin Leroy
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Writers: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Producers: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Arlette Zylberberg, Denis Freyd
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001JXP16
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,672 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking 17 April 2006
This outstanding low-budget film follows a man who teaches teenage boys carpentry in a vocational high school. A new pupil arrives who, unbeknown to the boy himself, has had a profoundly destructive effect on the man's life some years in the past. As a friendship gradually forms between them, both characters must eventually come to terms with their past. The camerawork is fascinating, the acting outstanding and the simple, disturbing plot is utterly compelling. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary with a bit of weight to it, give this film a go.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parallel agonies. 4 Feb 2006
A film which explores concurrent themes of cruelty and compassion, revenge and forgiveness. It will break your heart. To be watched alone, more than twice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A replacement of sorts 26 Jun 2009
By technoguy VINE VOICE
The Son seems at times like an apprentice carpentry video.The tutor is a man whose face you never fully see or you see it side-on looking at the trainee's work efforts.He's quite tough and exacting but fair.He rejects then seemingly pursues and takes an interest in Francis the young man who's just been released from a penal institution,he says for theft,but there's a lot more to his crime than that.Olivier is a restless
pushy,easily annoyed sort of person.The carpentry seems of a certain
standard.It's a bit like watching non professional actors who've got a certain technical competence at what they do and have been given achance to act.What makes them very watchable is the secret drama that's taking place.There is a brash,energetic delivery to the film which makes it eminently watchable.I found Olivier's performance remarkable.The film on a lower level than Rosetta and The Promise in The Dardennes brothers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, French, Mystery Type Film 9 May 2013
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is a film from 2002 made in France and originally released as `Le Fils'. It tells the story of Olivier (Olivier Gourmet - great name that) who teaches carpentry at a centre for wayward youths, including young offenders. He has a bad back a failed marriage and a past that still haunts his present day.

Then he is asked to teach a young boy, Francis, who is straight out of the detention centre. He refuses at first, but after reading his file he changes his mind. He clearly has a keen interest in this boy and it is reciprocated by the youth. Then we find out why he is so interested and it becomes a complete game changer.

So is it any good? Well as ever that depends upon the viewer, this is not `art house' it is filmed in real time, no music, minimal lighting and real locations. They even use a steady hand cam for most of the filming. Because of the use of real locations, there is often a feeling approaching claustrophobic and lends itself to docudrama. This is fine as it adds to the realism but from a viewing perspective actually can detract from being engaging. However, this there is a web being spun and the more it is woven the more the intrigue builds. I found myself constantly trying to double guess how it would end and getting it mostly wrong, so that is a good thing.

The acting is all superb and the production is almost unnoticeable as that was what was being aimed for, so nothing to criticise on that front. This will not be for everyone, but has generally received very positive reviews indeed, I would recommend to viewers who are open to European cinema in all its varying shades as this does deal with some `dark' issues.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional film 15 Aug 2007
This movie is absolutely first-rate. Please be aware that elements of the plot are discussed. A carpentry teacher at a vocational training center for troubled teens agrees to take into his class a 16 year old who has spent four years in detention for a serious crime. The teacher is honest and fair, but also withdrawn and emotionless. His young son had been killed and his marriage has crumbled. His wife has divorced him and is remarrying. He lives by himself. From the start he takes an eery, almost obsessive interest in the teen. This isn't much of a spoiler since you learn the following within 30 minutes of the film: The teen was the one who had killed the teacher's son in a botched car break-in four years earlier. The teen doesn't know the teacher is the father or that the teacher knows he killed the son.

There is not a speck of melodrama in the film. Olivier Gourmet who plays the teacher is phenomenal. He's in every scene. He plays the emotionally shipwrecked father with great depth. There are no smiles, no frowns, no anger. You're never quite sure what retribution might happen. The ending is quiet and powerful.

For those interested in the craft of film-making, there are two lengthy, excellent interviews with the Dardenne brothers and with Olivier Gourmet. The DVD transfer is excellent; the subtitles are quite readable. There isn't a great deal of dialogue in the film, so reading the subtitles is no bother.

If you like serious films, this one is a keeper.
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