The Son
The Son

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- 77/100 based on 8,256 votes
  • Released: 2002
  • Runtime: 103 mins
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  • Studio: Radio Télévision Belge Francophone
  • Genres: Drama - Mystery

A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.... (Full plot summary below)

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A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.

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Chicago Sun-Times - 10/10 by Roger EbertIt is as assured and flawless a telling of sadness and joy as I have ever seen.
The New Republic - 10/10 by Stanley KauffmannThe ability to conceive a compact drama on this huge subject and to embody it as perfectly as they have done, added to what they have already accomplished, puts Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne among the premier film artists of our time.
Christian Science Monitor - 10/10 by David SterrittIt combines a fresh and exciting style with stunning performances and that rarity in current film, a deeply humanistic story.
Slate - 10/10 by David EdelsteinBy the climax, we can hardly breathe -- The outcome is less important than our utter and complete empathy with this man. As we await what he does, we breathe with him, in and out. This is an astonishing movie.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - 10/10 by Sean AxmakerThe Dardennes's masterful casting and austere style amplify this simple but powerful parable.
Chicago Reader - 9/10 by Jonathan RosenbaumTo my knowledge there's no one anywhere making films with such a sharp sense of contemporary working-class life -- but for the Dardennes it's only the starting point of a spiritual and profoundly ethical odyssey.
Chicago Tribune - 9/10 by Michael WilmingtonIt's a movie imbued with a fierce intimacy -- a tone and style similar to cinema verite documentary -- but it's not a banal realism, even if the characters and settings in contemporary working-class Liege initially seem mundane.
Los Angeles Times - 9/10 by Manohla DargisThere are all sorts of ways to look at The Son -- as a philosophical thriller, as a statement of faith, as a call to political arms or just as a terrific entertainment.
Village Voice - 9/10 by J. HobermanFor all its quasi-documentary materialism, The Son is ultimately a Christian allegory of one man's inchoate desire to return good for evil. The movie requires a measure of faith, and like a job well done, it repays that trust.
The A.V. Club - 9/10 by Scott TobiasThe Dardennes sustain that tension through a masterful closing drive that resembles the final third of "In The Bedroom," only without the same dreadful inevitability.

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