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My Son(Mon Garçon)

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France, Belgium · 2017
Rated PG-13 · 1h 24m
Director Christian Carion
Starring Guillaume Canet, Mélanie Laurent, Olivier de Benoist, Antoine Hamel
Genre Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Julien (Guillaume Canet), a father who regularly travels for work, ends up divorced. One day he receives a message from his ex-wife that their seven year old son disappeared. When the authorities fail to help, Julien embarks on a journey to find his son and reunite his family.

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Themes of parental guilt and the effects of broken families on children are hinted at early but discarded in favor of genre pleasures, which Carion provides to increasingly formulaic effect.


Film Threat by Alex Saveliev

Carion, along with his co-screenwriter Laure Irrman, leave things annoyingly unexplained – which would be fine in a poetic meditation on loss and grief that purposefully raises more questions than answers, but is indefensible in a neither-here-nor-there pseudo-intellectual thriller.


The New York Times by Ben Kenigsberg

An endorsement of milquetoast vigilantism that’s not nearly as knotty as it presumes to be, the French thriller “My Son” is so reserved in its storytelling and vague in its details that all it elicits is a yawn.

75 by Glenn Kenny

My Son finds its cinematic footing in a committed, steady, realism, and that creates a high-wire act of tension and suspense that’s refreshingly clean and consistently effective.


TheWrap by Robert Abele

In its modest, stripped-down way, it’s a worthy cousin to the genre stalwarts, anchored in the unvarnished power of Canet’s performance, and the no-nonsense approach to Christian Carion’s direction.

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