This man does not look for revenge

This man does not look for revenge

Olivier works in a rehab center where he teaches young delincuents to be useful to society, through carpentry. During his normal routine he has to cut wood, carry ladders and do many other things to teach the kids how to do it, even if his back is sore. One day, he receives the petition from a new kid to be in his class, with fear and curiosity he rejects him and sends him to other teacher. Olivier follows him as he eats, works, sleeps… who is this kid, and why does he know him? His ex-wife goes to see him after work and tells him that she’s pregnant and will marry again.

The kid doesnt know who his teacher really is.

The kid doesn't know who his teacher really is.

The Dardenne brothers manage to direct a movie that shows everything, as in a documentary, but also hides us facts, as we see everything from Olivier’s perspective. Names can deceive, and for this movie, its title sure does. They were already naming it “The Father”, but they decided for this more criptic one. When we finally found out who this kid that is followed by Olivier, it’s a surprise if you haven’t read anything about it before. With the time, he ends up accepting him in his class, even being more akin to teach him than the others, hiding it under his amateur status.

This scene is long, slow and you can feel that something bad is going to happen.

This scene is long, slow and you can feel that something bad is going to happen.

Even if it’s a very slow movie, it has a purpouse. It lets you think about the situations presented, draw your own conclusions, change perspectives, figure out how things will come out. The acting is superb, from Olivier and the kid, and the cinematography is clean and documentary-like.

The trailer is embeded down. French VO with english subtitles.

#3 in the Doubling the Canon List.

#85 in the Top 250 21st Century Movies.

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