Our Children

Our Children

Film poster
Directed by Joachim Lafosse
Written by Joachim Lafosse
Starring Émilie Dequenne
Niels Arestrup
Tahar Rahim
Cinematography Jean-François Hensgens
Release dates
  • 22 May 2012 (2012-05-22) (Cannes)
Running time
111 minutes[1]
Country Belgium
Language French
Budget $6.1 million
Box office $1 million[2]

Our Children (French: À perdre la raison) is a 2012 Belgian-French psychological drama film directed by Joachim Lafosse. It is based on a real-life incident involving a woman (Genevieve Lhermitte), who killed her five children. The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival under the title Loving Without Reason,[3][4] where Émilie Dequenne won the Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress.[5]



Critical response was generally strong and the film was nominated for seven Magritte Awards, winning four, including Best Film and Best Director for Lafosse.[6] The film was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.[7]

The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "In one of her strongest leading roles to date, Dequenne (The Girl on the Train, Rosetta) does a remarkable job depicting Murielle’s wavering psychological states as she heads for oblivion, and an extended sequence-shot where she drives home while singing a Julien Clerc song is particularly unforgettable."[8]


Award Category Recipient(s) Result
Belgian Film Critics Association[9] André Cavens Award for Best Film Won
2012 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Award – Best Actress Émilie Dequenne Won
25th European Film Awards[10] Best Actress Émilie Dequenne Nominated
3rd Magritte Awards[6] Best Film Won
Best Director Joachim Lafosse Won
Best Screenplay Joachim Lafosse, Matthieu Reynaert Nominated
Best Actress Émilie Dequenne Won
Best Supporting Actress Stéphane Bissot Nominated
Best Sound Ingrid Simon, Thomas Gauder Nominated
Best Editing Sophie Vercruysse Won
Satellite Awards 2012[11] Best Actress – Motion Picture Émilie Dequenne Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Saint Petersburg International Film Festival 2012 Best Actress Émilie Dequenne Won


See also


  1. "À PERDRE LA RAISON – OUR CHILDREN (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  2. "A PERDRE LA RAISON (2012)". JP's Box-Office. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  3. "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  4. "7 Days in Havana officially selected for Cannes Film Festival 2012". katniss. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  5. Cannes (2012-05-27). "Awards 2012". festival-cannes.fr. Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  6. 1 2 ""A perdre la raison" grand gagnant des "Magritte du cinéma" 2013 avec quatre récompenses". La Libre Belgique (in French). 2 February 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  7. "" A perdre la raison " représentera la Belgique pour l'Oscar du " Meilleur film en langue étrangère "". Radio Télévision Belge Francophone. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  8. Mintzer, Jordan (22 May 2012). "Our Children: Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  9. ""À perdre la raison", le film inspiré de l'affaire Lhermitte, reçoit le Prix Cavens". L'Avenir (in French). Corelio. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  10. Knegt, Peter (3 November 2012). "'Amour' Leads European Film Award Nominations; 'Rust and Bone' Snubbed". IndieWire. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  11. Kilday, Gregg (3 December 2012). "Satellite Awards Nominates 10 Films for Best Motion Picture". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
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