Olivier Gourmet (Rosetta) was named Best Actor at this year's Cannes Film Festival for his commanding portrayal of Olivier, a divorced carpentry instructor at a vocational training center whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of a mysterious student.
The 16-year-old boy (Francis) is unaware of any connection he may have to his new teacher, but it is clear that the weight of the past is a heavy burden on Olivier. While struggling to maintain a professional distance in Francis' presence, he can't stop himself from following the boy through the training center hallways and through the city streets after class. In vain, Olivier tries to understand the motivations of his acts, however, as the film advances, they slowly come to know each other and the relationship between the two psychologically bruised human beings is strengthened.
When Olivier's ex-wife Magali (Isabella Soupart) is told of the boy's arrival she grows horrified, thrusting us even further into Olivier's conflicted world. Soon, the secret that binds the boy to Olivier and Magali is revealed and a journey of profound emotional and moral complexity towards the story's riveting finale begins.
103 min., Unrated
In French with English subtitles
Screenplay and Direction
Director of Photography
1st Assistant Camera
1st Assistant Director
JEAN-PIERRE AND LUC DARDENNE
BENOÎT DE CLERCK
JEAN-PIERRE & LUC DARDENNE,
A Belgian-French Co-production
LES FILMS DU FLEUVE, ARCHIPEL 35, RTBF (Belgian TV)
with support from CENTRE DU CINÉMA ET DE L'AUDIOVISUEL DE LA COMMUNAUTÉ FRANÇAISE DE BELGIQUE ET DES TÉLÉDISTRIBUTEURS WALLONS, EURIMAGES,
LOTERI NATIONALE DE BELGIQUE and with the participation of CANAL +,
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA CINÉMATOGRAPHIE (CNC), WALLIMAGE
Training Center Director