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Has the pulse of an emotional thriller.---Manohla Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES
Pascale (Isabelle Huppert) lives with her adult twin sons, aimless François (Yannick Renier) and headstrong Thierry (Jérémie Renier, star of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's L'ENFANT and LA PROMESSE), in a renovated Belgian farmhouse. Each is still reeling from the divorce that divided the family some years earlier. Both boys pursue their respective interests, but neither seems compelled to embrace adulthood or the responsibilities that come with it. However, all that is about to change. Pascale has fallen in love again and dreams of a new life for herself and her lover a countryside B&B that they aspire to own together. But what would seem to be a happy time in her life takes a turn for the worse as she finds herself unable to rise from the shadow of her ex-husband and selfish children. In a bid for survival, Pascale leaves the house in the hands of Thierry and François, never suspecting that in her absence, long-buried resentment and rivalry will boil over, igniting a war between the brothers.
DVD Details: Belgium/France/Luxembourg, 2006, 89 minutes, Color, Region 1, NTSC, Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 or 5.1 Surround Sound; In French with English subtitles; Special Features: Theatrical trailer; Enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Scene Selections; Liner Notes: Production notes and Interview with the director.
Too mesmerizing to miss. -----Andrew Sarris, THE NEW YORK OBSERVER
Disturbingly vivid. -----Jay Weissberg, VARIETY
4 stars! -----John Anderson, NEWSDAY
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