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A Silence

A Silence - a film by Joachim Lafosse
A Silence - a film by Joachim Lafosse
A Silence - a film by Joachim Lafosse
A Silence - a film by Joachim Lafosse
A Silence - a film by Joachim Lafosse
A Silence - a film by Joachim Lafosse
A Silence - a film by Joachim Lafosse
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A Silence - a film by Joachim Lafosse
Intelligent and precise. A hothouse actors’ piece with superb performances from Emmanuelle Devos and Daniel Auteuil. The terse, snaking screenplay of structural intricacies and dramatic concealments frames the film as a mystery, with considerable intrigue in the secrets and complicit silences of one tortured bourgeois family.
Meticulously crafted. A mystery thriller with the core of a classical tragedy. The central performances are superb and complex.
Fascinating. Through breathtaking staging and images, Lafosse dissects a mother's shame, her silence, her change of heart. Auteuil is astonishing.
A chilling thriller, devoured by nocturnal shadows, with Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuelle Devos at the top of their game.
Emily Barnett
MARIE CLAIRE
This exciting psychological thriller portrays a woman confronted with her choices. Devos is masterful.
Françoise Delbecq
ELLE
An actress and an actor at the top of their art.
Director: Joachim Lafosse
Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Devos, Matthieu Galoux
Duration: 101mins
Country of Origin: Belgium/France
MA15+
Strong themes
Intelligent and precise. A hothouse actors’ piece with superb performances from Emmanuelle Devos and Daniel Auteuil. The terse, snaking screenplay of structural intricacies and dramatic concealments frames the film as a mystery, with considerable intrigue in the secrets and complicit silences of one tortured bourgeois family.
Meticulously crafted. A mystery thriller with the core of a classical tragedy. The central performances are superb and complex.
Fascinating. Through breathtaking staging and images, Lafosse dissects a mother's shame, her silence, her change of heart. Auteuil is astonishing.
A chilling thriller, devoured by nocturnal shadows, with Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuelle Devos at the top of their game.
Emily Barnett
MARIE CLAIRE
This exciting psychological thriller portrays a woman confronted with her choices. Devos is masterful.
Françoise Delbecq
ELLE
An actress and an actor at the top of their art.

OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2023 SAN SEBASTIÁN FILM FESTIVAL (In Competition)
WINNER - 2023 ROME FILM FESTIVAL - Best Director

The remarkable Emmanuelle Devos and Daniel Auteuil - two of France’s finest and most-awarded actors – are at the very top of their game in the gripping and provocative new drama from acclaimed writer/director Joachim Lafosse, of a married couple and their adopted son who grapple with the fallout when a long-held family secret is exposed.

Metz, France. Cocooned in a life of privilege, 50-something Astrid Schaar (Devos) is the wife of the suave François (Auteuil), a prominent and media-savvy lawyer approaching a crucial point in his years-long, high profile case, in which he represents the parents of a number of abducted children. Day and night, reporters wait outside their gated home, hoping to snap a photo and secure François’ latest remarks. But the uneasy equilibrium of the household erodes when a figure from the family’s past returns, initiating their own search for justice…

Sharply scripted and observed, and dominated by performances of complexity from Devos and Auteuil, A SILENCE - inspired by true events that shocked France and Belgium - is a disquieting exploration of family duty, complicity and coercive control; as the screws tighten and the characters steel themselves for the repercussions of their actions, it’s impossible to look away.

A Silence - a film by Joachim Lafosse