Son

The Son

Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne

Cast: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne

     
 
An already tender relationship takes a dark turn when a divorced carpenter forms a strange obsession with one of his troubled vocational students in directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne's complex drama -- arriving on DVD courtesy of New Yorker Home Video. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and offering audio rendered in French Dolby Digital Stereo, the DVD

Overview

An already tender relationship takes a dark turn when a divorced carpenter forms a strange obsession with one of his troubled vocational students in directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne's complex drama -- arriving on DVD courtesy of New Yorker Home Video. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and offering audio rendered in French Dolby Digital Stereo, the DVD also offers optional English subtitles. Extra features include an interview with the Dardenne brothers, an additional interview with star Olivier Gourmet, a gallery of stills, filmographies, an original theatrical trailer, and trailers for Rosetta and La Promesse.

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Admirers of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will find much to like in The Son, the Belgian brothers' third feature film. Like their previous works, the highly acclaimed La Promesse and Rosetta, The Son is a stylistically rigorous, emotionally wrenching drama of moral reckoning. The first half-hour may cause a lot of head-scratching because of the Dardennes' deliberately elliptical storytelling, but once the central dilemma snaps into focus, the movie becomes unusually gripping. Dardenne regular Olivier Gourmet gives a standout performance as Olivier, a carpentry teacher who encounters his child's killer many years later. Now a teenager fresh out of juvenile detention, the student (Morgan Marinne) does not know who Olivier is -- and Olivier is not eager to fill him in either. What Olivier chooses to do with his new charge becomes the stuff of this movie's suspense. True to form, the Dardennes disregard the demands of plot and generic convention, letting their character-driven drama unfold organically. Although their vérité-style camerawork might cause seasickness with some viewers, it also abets the movie's hypnotic naturalism. The brothers display respect for their unglamorous subjects, capturing them in moments of seeming unimportance. Focusing our gaze on the mundane, the Dardennes attune us to the momentousness of the trivial. Infused with religious feeling, The Son ends with a gesture of unannounced decency that perfectly sums up the Dardennes' cinema of dignity.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
UPC:
0717119875442
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Yorker Video
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Foreign trailer; Scene selections; Interview with the Dardenne Brothers interview with Oliver Gourmet; Still gallery; Filmographies

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Center [8:05]
2. Magali [7:48]
3. The New Kid [6:37]
4. Tools [4:27]
5. Following Francis [2:34]
6. A New Life [4:50]
7. The Measuring Game [5:03]
8. A Heavy Burden [5:13]
9. Trying to Understand [4:13]
10. Weekend Plans [6:30]
11. "It's Him." [7:29]
12. Fraipont [6:11]
13. A Guardian [7:41]
14. The Lumberyard [4:22]
15. Pine Trees [6:03]
16. Revelations [6:36]
17. Redemption [2:40]
18. Closing Credits [2:39]

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