Le fils (The Son) (2002) Film. Directors : Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Who is that boy named Francis? If Olivier refused to take him into his carpentry workshop, why has he taken to following him in the training center hallways, in the streets, in his building? Why is Oliver so interested in him? Why does Oliver seem so afraid of him?

Through forced spurts of dialogue and unexplained actions, Olivier’s connection to the boy is slowly and painfully revealed. The Son meditates on its own static tension, turning suspense into a gripping plotline all its own. Gourmet’s performance is pointed and perfect, and it earned the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.(Mubi)

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