Joachim Lafosse has dissected dysfunctional families in almost claustrophically gripping dramas such as 'Private Lessons' or 'After Love'. In his latest film, there is at least room for adventure, as Sybille almost desperately takes her teenage son Samuel on horseback through Kyrgyzstan, where the family has its roots. Samuel is thrown out of school after beating up a teacher. In the absence of his parents, his life has taken a self-destructive turn, but while accusations and feelings of guilt are turning the mood between mother and son sour, the dangers and challenges of the Kyrgyz landscapes also reveal new insights. And even if things are never quite what they seem in Lafosse's films, the forced journey to hell gradually becomes a journey of discovery, a touching chamber piece in the open air, which maybe gives the mother and son something to build upon.
Olivier (Romain Duris) is responsible for an entire department at a factory, and he is under a lot of pressure. Much is at stake, and everyone is being timed, measured and weighed, and Olivier has many souls on his conscience. When an elderly employee is fired, the man takes his own life, and Olivier is shaken to the core. At home, there is also plenty to see to, but his wife Laura is in complete control. She is a housewife and has time for the small details in their life with two young children. But one day, after several attempts to get through to Olivier, she runs away. Olivier suddenly has to deal with everything himself, with visibly varying results both at work and at home, and there are no short cuts in Guillaume Senez's powerful, Belgian-French social realism - but there is hope.
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