Son Frere In Paris, a middle-aged man (Bruno Todeschini) contracts a mysterious blood disease. He is in and out of the hospital, living under a vague yet… Son Frere In Paris, a middle-aged man (Bruno Todeschini) contracts a mysterious blood disease. He is in and out of the hospital, living under a vague yet… 2004-04-02 Unrated PT95M Foreign Language Eric Caravaca Bruno Todeschini Catherine Ferran Maurice Garrel Antoinette Moya Strand Releasing
Movie Review

Son Frere (2004)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Son Frere | BLOOD BROTHERS In this deadly serious French film two brothers grapple with illness
BLOOD BROTHERS In this deadly serious French film two brothers grapple with illness
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Apr 02, 2004; Rated: Unrated; Length: 95 Minutes; Genre: Foreign Language; With: Eric Caravaca and Bruno Todeschini; Distributor: Strand Releasing

In Paris, a middle-aged man (Bruno Todeschini) contracts a mysterious blood disease. He is in and out of the hospital, living under a vague yet looming death sentence. The man, a bit of an intolerant pill, is heterosexual; his younger brother (Eric Caravaca), who becomes his caretaker, is gay. Those facts of orientation are far from incidental to the disarming drama of Patrice Chèreau's Son Frère. Though the disease in question is not AIDS, it is very much meant to feel like AIDS. Chéreau's radical premise is that the illness still carries hints of stigmatization that can be undone by allowing us to experience it, metaphorically, as a ''heterosexual disease.'' Son Frère is hushed, clinical, grimly paced, and moving.

Originally posted Apr 07, 2004 Published in issue #760 Apr 16, 2004 Order article reprints
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