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The Son

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The Son
The Son
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2002
Fri, June 6, 2003 7 PM
Sat, June 7, 2003 7 PM
"As assured and flawless a telling of sadness and joy as I have ever seen."--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are in the forefront of contemporary European directors dealing explicitly with humanist and spiritual themes, as in their award-winning films La Promesse and Rosetta.

Perhaps their most compelling film yet, The Son focuses on a quiet carpentry instructor at a vocational center who becomes distressed when a new pupil, a 16-year-old boy and old acquaintance, is placed in his class.

An understated masterpiece, The Son is an "allegory of one man's inchoate desire to return good for evil," a film that Ïrequires a measure of faith" but ultimately "repays that trust" (Village Voice). (103 mins.)