World Cinema Season: The Son Of Joseph

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One of French cinema’s most distinctive voices, and arguably its most idiosyncratic stylist, Eugène Green (La Sapienza, The Portuguese Nun) returns with a modern-day parable about a young man in search of a father. Impressive newcomer Victor Ezenfis plays Vincent, a teenager determined to solve the mystery of his paternity, which his forbearing mother (Natacha Régnier) has kept strictly secret.

Tracking down arrogant publisher Oscar (Mathieu Amalric, in impeccably snooty form), he finds himself venturing into the lofty climes of the Parisian literary world, deliciously mocked by Green, before Oscar’s brother Joseph (Fabrizio Rongione) enters the picture.

This complex, unpredictable story sees Green elegantly mixing modes – mystery story, adventure, coming-of-age tale, satirical farce – while sustaining the peculiar tone of enigma and contemplation that result from his singular shooting style. Green’s regular cinematographer Raphaël O’Byrne brings his usual grace to this elusive, entrancing, entirely singular film.

Jonathan Romney

★★★★

A droll teen drama with hints of Wes Anderson

THE GUARDIAN

'…sending audiences out both a little wiser and a little happier'

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

★★★★★

'A beguiling experience'

THE SKINNY

Director: Eugène Green

Cast: Victor Ezenfis, Natacha Régnier, Fabrizio Rongione

France 2016

French with English subtitles

Run time: 115 mins

***"This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network" ★★★

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