The story of Francis (Morga Marinne) who arrives at a rehabiltation school and discovers a somewhat ambiguous relationship with his teacher (Olivier Gourmet). The two seem inexplicably drawn together until the eventual revelation of a terrible secret from the past.
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In their first film since the Palme dOr-winning Rosetta
, brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne present a subtle and disquieting study of a man whose life has been devastated by tragedy. Olivier Gourmet won the Best Actor Award at Cannes for his masterfully understated portrayal of a carpenter who teaches teenagers at a rehabilitation school. He is disturbed by the arrival of a new student, Francis (Morgan Marinne), and he struggles to maintain a professional distance in the boys presence. An ambiguous relationship develops between the two until the eventual revelation of a terrible secret from the past that binds them together. Utilising their trademark pared-down visual aesthetic to great effect, the Dardennes have crafted a riveting, strikingly powerful film of profound emotional and moral complexity.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: This intensely focused film from brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (LA PROMESSE, ROSETTA) follows Olivier (Olivier Gourmet), a man in mid-life working as a carpentry instructor in a blue collar French suburb. By day he teaches teenage boys how to work with wood. By night he leads a drab, solitary, routine existence. Olivier is a humble Everyman who could easily go unnoticed. However, the jarring sounds of his wood shop--sawing, hammering, slamming boards together--tell a different story, and set the tone for this simple but clearly dread-filled plotline. The camera violates Olivier with its constantly invasive, examining motion. It is behind his ears, up his nose, under his chin, and peering down the collar of his shirt. And as the film rolls, it becomes increasingly evident that Olivier is nervous, edgy, even seething about something deep inside. He develops a fascination with one of the boys in his class and nervously pursues the boy, offering him friendship and advice with a frightening lack of affection. Through forced spurts of dialogue and unexplained actions, Olivier's connection to the boy is slowly and painfully revealed. THE SON meditates on its own static tension, turning suspense into a gripping plotline all its own. Gourmet's performance is pointed and perfect, and it earned the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.Olivier, a carpenter who teaches his craft to teenagers become obsessed with a new student, Francis. The reason for his obsession soon becomes apparent - Francis murdered Olivier's son many ye...The Son ( Le fils )