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Our Children
À perdre la raison (film).jpg
Film poster
Directed byJoachim Lafosse
Written byJoachim Lafosse
StarringNiels Arestrup
CinematographyJean-François Hensgens
Release dates
  • 22 May 2012 (2012-05-22) (Cannes)
Running time111 minutes[1]
CountryBelgium
France
LanguageFrench
Budget$6,100,000
Box office$1,089,737[2]
 
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Our Children
À perdre la raison (film).jpg
Film poster
Directed byJoachim Lafosse
Written byJoachim Lafosse
StarringNiels Arestrup
CinematographyJean-François Hensgens
Release dates
  • 22 May 2012 (2012-05-22) (Cannes)
Running time111 minutes[1]
CountryBelgium
France
LanguageFrench
Budget$6,100,000
Box office$1,089,737[2]

Our Children (French: À perdre la raison) is a 2012 Belgian-French psychological drama film directed by Joachim Lafosse. It is based on a real-life incident involving a woman (Genevieve Lhermitte), who killed her five children. The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival under the title Loving Without Reason,[3][4] where Émilie Dequenne won the Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress.[5]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical response was generally strong and the film was nominated for seven Magritte Awards, winning four, including Best Film and Best Director for Lafosse.[6] The film was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.[7]

The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "In one of her strongest leading roles to date, Dequenne (The Girl on the Train, Rosetta) does a remarkable job depicting Murielle’s wavering psychological states as she heads for oblivion, and an extended sequence-shot where she drives home while singing a Julien Clerc song is particularly unforgettable."[8]

Accolades[edit]

AwardCategoryRecipient(s)Result
Belgian Film Critics Association[9]André Cavens Award for Best FilmWon
2012 Cannes Film FestivalUn Certain Regard Award – Best ActressÉmilie DequenneWon
25th European Film Awards[10]Best ActressÉmilie DequenneNominated
3rd Magritte Awards[6]Best FilmWon
Best DirectorJoachim LafosseWon
Best ScreenplayJoachim Lafosse, Matthieu ReynaertNominated
Best ActressÉmilie DequenneWon
Best Supporting ActressStéphane BissotNominated
Best SoundIngrid Simon, Thomas GauderNominated
Best EditingSophie VercruysseWon
Satellite Awards 2012[11]Best Actress – Motion PictureÉmilie DequenneNominated
Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Saint Petersburg International Film Festival 2012Best ActressÉmilie DequenneWon

Music[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "À PERDRE LA RAISON – OUR CHILDREN (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 
  2. ^ "A PERDRE LA RAISON (2012)". JP' Box-Office. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  3. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  4. ^ "7 Days in Havana officially selected for Cannes Film Festival 2012". katniss. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  5. ^ Cannes (2012-05-27). "Awards 2012". festival-cannes.fr. Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  6. ^ a b ""A perdre la raison" grand gagnant des "Magritte du cinéma" 2013 avec quatre récompenses". La Libre Belgique (in French). 2 February 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "" A perdre la raison " représentera la Belgique pour l'Oscar du " Meilleur film en langue étrangère "". Radio Télévision Belge Francophone. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Mintzer, Jordan (22 May 2012). "Our Children: Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  9. ^ ""À perdre la raison", le film inspiré de l’affaire Lhermitte, reçoit le Prix Cavens". L'Avenir (in French) (Corelio). 19 December 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Knegt, Peter (3 November 2012). "'Amour' Leads European Film Award Nominations; 'Rust and Bone' Snubbed". IndieWire. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  11. ^ Kilday, Gregg (3 December 2012). "Satellite Awards Nominates 10 Films for Best Motion Picture". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 

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