Son Frere

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 25, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Strand Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by &
Produced by
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 25


User Ratings: 788
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Fine performances, but it feels like they are being reined in to keep their emotional distance - from each other and from the audience. Still... it can be devastating. Full Review
May 21, 2004
Rating: 3/4 -- Its laser-like focus on these two brothers, coming back together just as death is about to pull them apart, is compelling and emotionally honest.
Salt Lake Tribune
May 21, 2004
Both [Todeschini] and Caravaca do a great deal with very little histrionics to make auds care for two brothers who are clearly re-learning to appreciate their family ties, but who only rarely confront each other about their respective emotional journeys. Full Review
Apr 27, 2004
Rating: B -- It's as honest as it is agonizing. Full Review
Dallas Morning News
May 20, 2004
One of the best films about such a deceptively simple thing as brotherly love to have come out of France in quite a while. Full Review
Apr 1, 2007
Rating: 3/5 -- While visually impressive -- the film won the Silver Bear for best director at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival -- Son Frere is draining to look at.
Jam! Movies
Dec 10, 2004
Rating: 3/5 -- The movie brings disease back to metaphoric ground zero and, in the process, links the sick and the healthy in one significant but often overlooked manner: We're all prisoners of our own bodies. Full Review
Toronto Star
Dec 10, 2004

Product Description:

This harrowing family tale about illness and grief is directed by the commanding Patrice Chereau (QUEEN MARGOT, INTIMACY). Captivating at every moment, the film thrives on the emotional intensity of its characters. Thomas (Bruno Todeschini) has been diagnosed with a strange blood disease, and he calls on his brother Luc (Eric Caravaca) for help. Though they both live in Paris, they are not close, using Luc's homosexuality as the barrier between them. Stereotypes are dissipated through these characters--Luc is gay yet self-assured and healthy; Thomas is straight yet self-defeating and sick. The chronology jerks forward months at a time--February, July, March, and so forth--as if time is on pause, and it might just stop. Thomas's illness is unpredictable, and his hospital stays happen unexpectedly, keeping everyone--parents, Thomas' girlfriend Claire (Nathalie Boutefeu), and Luc's boyfriend Vincent--in a state of constant anxiety. With painful-to-watch hospital scenes and moments of tortured emotional outpouring, SON FRERE is a poignant portrait of coping with human mortality.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: APRIL 2, 2004 (NY)

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