Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere!

The Son of Joseph

Le fils de Joseph

2016, Eugène Green, France, 113 min. With Victor Ezenfis, Mathieu Amalric.

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 24th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 29th 6:00pm

"A buoyant, summery tale...Green is a master, and this may be his most pleasurable film to date." — Kieron Corless, Sight and Sound

"An emotional wonder...as thrilling as it is ingenious." — Richard Brody, The New Yorker

With a style as distinctively mannered as that of Wes Anderson or Hal Hartley, American-born French filmmaker Green (LA SAPIENZA — 2015 CEUFF) fashions a genuinely charming and moving parable of fathers and sons, with sly modern-day twists on the Nativity story and Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac. Caravaggio's painting of the latter event hangs in the bedroom of Vincent (Ezenfis), a sullen teenager frustrated by his mother's (Natacha Régnier) refusal to reveal the identity of his father. A little detective work leads Vincent to Oscar (Amalric), an insufferable rich cad, and also to Oscar's disinherited, decent brother Joseph (Fabrizio Rongione of LA SAPIENZA). Far from the being superfluous, the extensive references to the Bible and Baroque art illuminate an essential link between spiritual and artistic enlightenment, and they dovetail beautifully for an ending in which the film's playful tone deepens into a epiphany of true joy. In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Kino Lorber. DCP digital. (MR)

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