In a masterfully understated, award-winning performance, Olivier Gourmet portrays a carpenter who teaches teenage boys in a rehabilitation school. Disturbed by the arrival of a new student and struggling to keep a professional distance in the boy’s presence, an ambiguous relationship develops between the two - until the revelation of a terrible secret from the past changes their lives forever.
Utilising their pared-down visual aesthetic to great effect, the Dardenne brothers have created a riveting and strikingly powerful film of profound emotional and moral complexity.
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Original title: Le fils
DVD catalogue number: ART248DVD