EN - A generous doctor brings a young Moroccan boy to Belgium to raise him as if he were his own. When the boy reaches adulthood, falls in love and starts a family, his young wife finds herself trapped in an oppressive emotional atmosphere. With the birth of their children, the couple’s reliance on the doctor becomes excessive and his altruism turns into domination, leading to a tragic outcome.

NL - Murielle en Mounir houden zielsveel van elkaar. De jongeman leeft al sinds zijn kinderjaren bij dokter Pinget, die ervoor zorgt dat hij materieel niets tekort komt. Als Mounir en Murielle besluiten om te trouwen en kinderen te krijgen, worden ze totaal afhankelijk van de dokter. Murielle voelt zich opgesloten in die emotioneel verstikkende omgeving. Een verraderlijke situatie waaraan het gezin helemaal ten onder gaat.

FR - Un médecin généreux accueille en Belgique un jeune garçon marocain pour l'y élever comme son propre fils. Dès qu'il atteint l'âge adulte, le jeune homme tombe amoureux et fonde une famille. Sa jeune compagne se trouve alors piégée dans une athmosphère émotionelle malsaine, qui mènera insidieusement à une issue tragique. Après la naissance de leur enfant, la dépendance du couple vis à vis du médecin devient excessive. Très vite, l'altruisme sans limite du départ virera à la domination.


Title Our Children
Original title A perdre la raison
Original language French
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2012


Cast Niels Arestrup, Tahar Rahim, Emilie Dequenne
Photography Jean-François Hensgens
Editing Sophie Vercruysse
Sound Henri Maikoff, Ingrid Simon, Thomas Gauder
Costume Magdalena Labuz
Music Adriano Giardini
Executive producer Gwennaëlle Libert

Technical specs

Running time film 110'
Release format 35 mm
Aspect ratio 2.35 (scope)
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by RTBF, Fortis Film Fund, La RTS Radio Télévision Suisse. Avec l’aide du Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Communauté française de Belgique et des Télédistributeurs wallons. Avec le soutien d’Eurimages, de Wallimage, du Vlaams Audiovisuel Fonds, du Fonds National de Soutien à la Production Audiovisuelle (Luxembourg), de l’Office Fédéral de la Culture (DFI) et Le Fond Regio Films avec la Loterie romande (Suisse). Avec la participation du Tax Shelter du Gouvernement fédéral belge. En partenariat avec Inver Invest. Développé avec le soutien du Programme MEDIA de la Communauté Européenne (Slate Funding).
Production partners Co-producers: Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart, Jani Thiltges, Sylvie Pialat, Thierry Spicher, Elena Tatti, Antonino Lombardo Co-production companies: Versus production, Samsa Films, Les Films du Worso, Box Productions, Prime Time


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CPH PIX picks three from Flanders

This year’s fifth edition of Copenhagen’s CPH PIX Film Festival (11-24 April) presents three (co-)productions from Flanders. Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children are screening in the Politiken’s Audience Award spectrum, while Comrade Kim goes Flying, a co-production by Anja Daelemans, is selected for an Open Air film screening.

Comrade Kim goes Flying Fi newsAn intense drama, van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown is screening in the fest’s Politiken’s Audience Award section, which assembles a selection of 10 films which could fare well in Danish cinema distribution and also harbours Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children. The winning film is rewarded with support to be launched in Danish cinemas and will also be shown on Danish television.

Published on Thursday 4 April 2013

Schoenaerts, Bullhead and Oh Willy… nominated for Césars

Matthias Schoenaerts, Michaël R. Roskams feature debut Bullhead and the animated short film Oh Willy… by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels are among the nominees for this year’s Césars, the French counterparts of the Oscars. The Flemish co-production Our Children is also nominated. The Awards Ceremony takes place on 22 February.

Jacques Audiard's Rust and BoneMatthias Schoenaerts grabbed a nomination in the category Meilleur Espoir Masculin (Most Promising Male Actor) for his role in the French-Belgian co-production Rust and Bone. Directed by Jacques Audiard, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

Published on Sunday 27 January 2013

Allez, Eddy! And Time of My Life audience favourites in Palm Springs

Gert Embrecht’s feature debut Allez, Eddy! and Nic Balthazar’s Time Of My Life were two of the audience favourites at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (3 – 14 January 2013). They were part of the Best of the Fest programming which closed the festival on Monday. In the end, The Sapphires (Australia) directed by Wayne Blair won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.

Still of Allez, Eddy!Meanwhile actress Emilie Dequenne received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film for her work in Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children, a co-production with Prime Time. The jury awarded her ‘for depicting through gestures, expressions and silences the claustrophobia of an oppressive domestic situation, and for conveying with wrenching intensity the descent into madness.’

Published on Tuesday 15 January 2013

Flemish foursome selected for Palm Springs

This January four Flemish films will have their American premieres at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (3-14 January 2013). The four are Gert Embrecht’s Allez, Eddy!, Fien Troch’s Kid, Nic Balthazar’s Time of My Life and Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season. Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children, a co-production with Flanders, is also screening at Palm Springs.

Gert Embrechts' Allez, Eddy!With 130,000 visitors Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the biggest in North America. The fest has developed quite an appetite for Flemish cinema. Ever since Memory of a Killer, Palm Springs has invited one or two Flemish films each year.

Published on Friday 28 December 2012

Abu Dhabi and Montréal invite Rivers Return

Joe Vanhoutteghem’s short film Rivers Return has been confirmed for the line-up of both the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival (11-20 October) and the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal (10-21 October). Since its international premiere at Locarno, Rivers Return has generated quite a lot of interest abroad.

Still from Joe Vanhoutteghem's Rivers ReturnThe Festival du Nouveau Cinéma also selected Sofie Benoot’s Blue Meridian (Panorama International), Herman Asselberghs’s Speech Act (FNC Lab) and minority co-production Our Children by Joachim Lafosse (Special Presentation). At Abu Dhabi, Rivers Return (pictured left) is accompanied in the festival line-up by minority co-production Pinocchio by Enzo d’Alo, which screens in the Showcase section.

Published on Friday 28 September 2012

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Short info

Director Joachim Lafosse
Producers Antonino Lombardo
Writers Joachim Lafosse, Thomas Bidegain, Matthieu Reynaert

Prime Time
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1080 Brussels
T +32 2 469 17 00


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75116 Paris
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