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Friday, May 23, 2008


Using near "DOGME" film techniques, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne tell a psychologically complex, narratively simple story of a carpentry teacher in a trade school (for delinquents?) whose new student is his son’s just released murderer. With his ex about to remarry (and pregnant), he needs to confront his demons, but with forgiveness or revenge? The jangly, chasing from behind POV shots grow annoying & Olivier Gourmet’s father is one of those loudly quiet performances that win awards (Cannes, et al), but the 16 year old kid (Morgan Marinne) is superb. Withal, it’s affective and effective.

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