PRIVATE PROPERTY Family tensions suddenly come to a boil in Nue propriété, a surprisingly gripping drama that was part of the Official Competition in Venice. Twin brothers Thierry and François and their divorced mother Pascale live on a comfortable farm in French-speaking Belgium. When Pascale announces that she is thinking of selling the farm since the boys will probably move out soon, the quiet family dinners turn into a family battlefield. Lafosse is completely in command of his tricky material, using static images in which the characters move in and out of the frame to great effect. He also draws three performances from his main actors that anchor the picture in a sense of family familiarity which underlines that those who know each other best also know how to hurt each other the most.
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Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jérémie Renier, Yannick Renier, Kris Cuppens, Patrick Descamps
Director: Joachim Lafosse