Our Children Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland 2012 – 114min.
A perdre la raison
A doctor's growing psychological influence on the family staying with him has a severe impact.
Mounir (Tahar Rahim) is a young Moroccan who has lived in France since being adopted by a French doctor (Niels Arestrup), who married his sister so that she could legally stay in the country. Then Mounir meets Murielle (Emilie Dequenne) and falls madly in love. The young woman comes to live with him and soon they are a family with four children. Confronted by the latent authoritarianism of the doctor who supplies them with so much comfort, the couple finds it hard to go their own way – with the line between generosity and imprisoning morals too fine and severely binding. As her husband begins to withdraw completely, the young mother sees only one way out of this oppressive situation...
Joachim Lafosse's adaptation of a sordidly cruel true crime story leaves no detail unshown, with much reflected in the ever-wide eyes of Emilie Dequenne, leaving audience members in the front rows to suffer silently. Why is necessary to project human misery taken from the true crime section of the news is unclear. This jumble of poor quality, especially on an intellectual level, will satisfy only the unhealthy curiosity of the same people who slow down to stare at a fatal car accident on the highway.