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A Silence

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AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Poster

DIRECTED BY:
JOACHIM LAFOSSE

STARRING:
DANIEL AUTEUIL
EMMANUELLE DEVOS
MATTHIEU GALOUX
JEANNE CHERHAL

BIOPIC, DRAMA / BELGIUM, FRANCE, LUXEMBOURG / 2023 / 100 MINS / MA 15+

FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Intelligent and precise. A hothouse actors’ piece with superb performances

- Variety

The remarkable Emmanuelle Devos and Daniel Auteuil - two of France’s finest and most-awarded actors – are at the very top of their game in the gripping and provocative new drama from acclaimed writer/director Joachim Lafosse, the story of a married couple and their adopted son who grapple with the fallout after a long-held family secret is exposed.

Cocooned in a life of privilege, 50-something Astrid Schaar (Devos) is the wife of the suave François (Auteuil), a prominent and media-savvy lawyer approaching a crucial point in his years-long, high profile case, in which he represents the parents of several abducted children. Day and night, reporters wait outside their gated home, hoping to snap a photo and secure François’ latest remarks. But the uneasy equilibrium of the household erodes when a figure from the family’s past returns, initiating their own search for justice…

Sharply scripted, expertly directed and dominated by performances of complexity and gravitas from Devos and Auteuil, A Silence - inspired by true events that shocked France - is a disquieting exploration of family duty, complicity and coercive control; as the screws tighten and the characters steel themselves for the repercussions of their actions, it’s impossible to look away.

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