The Other Son

The Other Son

The Other Son

Drama, set against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, following two young men from either side of the war whose lives hit a complicated crossroads when they discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. Best Director (for French helmer Lorraine Levy) and Grand Prix winner at the Tokyo Film Festival 2012.

As he prepares to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph discovers he is not his parents’ biological son, but that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and their beliefs.

2012Rating: M, Violence, offensive language and drug use101 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema

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The Other Son / Reviews

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

The Prince and The Pauper gets a modern Middle Eastern political twist when a blood test reveals that Israeli and Palestinian babies were swapped at birth. Much to his amazement, wannabe musician Joseph (Jules Sitruk), is not the child of his French mother and Israeli army colonel father.

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Variety

Variety

An adequate if never surprising effort.

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Time Out

Time Out

The cast's performances are so gut-wrenching (particularly from Emmanuelle Devos) that the film's hopeful message and abundance of heart prove impossible to resist.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Rescued from her maudlin, preachy tendencies by the skill and sensitivity of the actors, who turn a wobbly parable of tolerance into a graceful and touching story of real people in a surreal situation.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

In an altered situation, it is easy to imagine Joseph and Yacine fighting and even killing each other, each one mistaken by the other for the enemy. The significance of this parable is there to be seen.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A case of good intentions overwhelming the inherent drama - quite simply, political correctness got the best of it.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Features terrific performances from its multinational cast and an overtly positive message that never quite succumbs to pure sentimentalism.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The setup is too contrived, carried along by conversations that are either confrontational or artificially elusive.

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