Tag: dardenne brothers

FESTIVAL #10 WRAP-UP/RANKINGS

By Daniel Barnes and Mike Dub DANIEL: As I’ve stated many times, the real purpose of these festivals is to fill in some of my more glaring cinematic blind spots. In my festival intro, I mentioned that “I came a little bit late to the Dardenne brothers party,” […]

ESFS Festival 10, Film 3 – “The Son”

The Son (2002; Dir.: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes In my festival intro, I mentioned that actor Jérémie Renier served as the Dardenne brothers’ “on-again, off-again muse,” a blonde-mopped personification of moral turpitude and financial desperation in modern-day Belgium. That argument still holds water, […]

ESFS FESTIVAL #10, Film 1 – “La Promesse”

La Promesse (1996; Dir.: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne) GRADE: B+ By Mike Dub In the hands of the right filmmakers, adolescence provides fertile ground for exploring the conditions that shape society. Far from just the finite crises of finding acceptance, achieving arbitrary victories, beating up a bully, and […]