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Our Children
À perdre la raison
dir. Joachim Lafosse / Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland 2012 / 114’
subtitles: Polish and English


Émilie Dequenne, Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Stéphane Bissot, Mounia Raoui, Redouane Behache, Baya Belal


Cannes IFF 2012 – Best Actress

Film description

Mounir is a Moroccan who has lived in Belgium for many years thanks to his sister who married a local doctor, giving them both residency. Even though the marriage is a sham, Doctor Pinget is like the father Mounir never who provides a roof over their heads and covers living expenses. When Mounir meets the young Murielle, youthful emotions soon lead to marriage and successive children, but the couple remains dependent financially and psychologically on the doctor. As time passes, the couple have less and less time for each other amidst screaming children, growing growing apart to ultimately become strangers. Lafosse’s film is about how a little dark spot on the soul can become a dark abyss and that in a relationship it is not enough to look at each other – you have to see the other person.

Prepared by: Anna Tatarska

Information about director

Joachim Lafosse

Joachim Lafosse was born in Uccle, Belgium and attended l'Institut des Arts de Diffusion in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. After graduating, he wrote screenplays and theatre pieces and completed several short films, including Egoïste nature (2000) and Tribu (2001). In 2004, he completed his feature debut, Private Madness.

Selected filmography

2000 Egoïste nature (short)

2001 Tribu (short)

2001 Scarface (doc.)

2004 Folie privée / Private Madness

2005 Ça rend heureux

2006 Własność prywatna / Nue propriété / Private Property

2012 Nasze dzieci / À perdre la raison / Our Children

Prepared by: Anna Tatarska


director: Joachim Lafosse
screenplay: Thomas Bidegain, Joachim Lafosse, Matthieu Reynaert
cinematography: Jean-François Hensgens
editing: Sophie Vercruysse
music: Adriano Giardina
cast: Émilie Dequenne, Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Stéphane Bissot, Mounia Raoui, Redouane Behache, Baya Belal
producer: Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart, Antonino Lombardo, Sylvie Pialat, Thierry Spicher, Elena Tatti, Jani Thiltges
production: Versus Production, Samsa Film, Les Films du Worso, Box Productions, Prime Time, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone, BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund
sales: Les Films Du Losagne
awards: Cannes IFF 2012 – Best Actress
language: French, Arabic
colouration: colour
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