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  • Summary: Murielle and Mounir love each other passionately. Ever since he was a boy, the young man has been living with Doctor Pinget who provides him with a comfortable life. When Mounir and Murielle decide to marry and have children, the couple's dependence on the doctor becomes excessive. Murielle finds herself caught up in an unhealthy emotional climate that insidiously leads the family towards a tragic outcome. [DistriB Films] Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jul 30, 2013
    100
    It’s a near-perfect portrait of a domestic tragedy as a master-and-servant psychodrama, one that leaves catastrophic collateral damage in its wake.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 19, 2013
    90
    This is a film as powerful as it is painful.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Dec 15, 2013
    90
    At this finely tooled tragedy’s core towers Emilie Dequenne, no longer the feral young thing seen in 1999′s “Rosetta,” but a trapped animal pushed to devastating extremes.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jul 28, 2013
    80
    Émilie Dequenne is the young actor who made a powerful debut in the Dardenne brothers' prize-winning film "Rosetta" in 1999, and what a superb performance she gives now in this inexpressibly painful drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Jul 28, 2013
    80
    Reteaming to play a duo similar to the one in A Prophet, Rahim and Arestrup maintain the film’s tense and sinister tone – the former providing a convincing mix of fragility and machismo, and the latter looking and acting more and more like Brando in the latter half of his career.
  6. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jul 31, 2013
    75
    Though Lafosse’s handling of the actors is pitch-perfect, his sense of structure is more problematic. The decision to start the movie at the end and then jump back several years undercuts the drama.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Aug 2, 2013
    42
    When the final moment comes and it's revealed how the children died, it's less of a surprise than a shrug. Drama robbed of suspense is just dull.

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