in about 100 words or less
Belgium/France 104m, Colour
Directors: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; Cast: Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart
The Son is a dark tension-filled psychological drama about Olivier, a woodworking instructor at a local training center who takes on a teenage apprentice who has just completed serving five years in a detention facility for a murder that he committed as a young boy. Deeply disturbed by the loss of his son, and the subsequent break-up with his wife, we learn why Olivier is so fascinated with his new student Francis, who in turn, looks to Olivier as a mentor and potential guardian. Employing an almost documentary style, we literally follow Olivier’s every move with handheld cameras, and share his mental anguish and uncertainty in this simple, yet emotionally complex story (Klaus Ming February 2015).