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A very good movie

Posted : 5 years ago on 29 December 2013 10:41

Since I'm a huge fan of the Dardenne brothers, I really had to watch this flick. To be honest, I was slightly disappointed by their previous movie, ‘Le Silence de Lorna’, but this time, they blew me away again. Indeed, within the first minutes, I was completely fascinated by the tragedy lived by this troubled young boy. Basically, you witness this 11 years old boy mentally melting down in front of you and it was just heartbreaking to behold. On one hand, he is a resourceful kid who knows what he wants and how to defend himself but, on a psychological level, he is a total mess but, considering the circumstances, it is not really surprising. Of course, it is really shocking to see his father discarding him like an old sock. Would it be too much to ask him to spend some time with his own boy once in a while? Unfortunately, I’m afraid some man and woman do make those kind of decisions and the Dardenne brothers are not shy to throw those facts right in your face. At the center of this tragedy, you have this young boy played by an unknown called Thomas Doret and it must have been one of the best child performances I have ever seen. Completely amazing and mesmerizing to watch. The only weakness with this flick is the character played by Cécile De France. I mean, I don’t think the actress should be blamed but you never really get the chance to understand her motivations concerning why she decides to take care of this boy. Still, in spite of these minor flaws, it is a very good drama and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in the Dardenne brothers’ work.

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