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A Silence

MA15+ 101 MIN
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Synopsis

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, of a married couple and their adopted son who grapple with the fallout when 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 a number of 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 and observed, and dominated by performances of complexity from Devos and Auteuil, A SILENCE - inspired by true events that shocked France and Belgium - 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.

Awards

OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2023 SAN SEBASTIÁN FILM FESTIVAL (In Competition)
WINNER – 2023 ROME FILM FESTIVAL – Best Director

Reviews

"Intelligent and precise. A hothouse actors’ piece with superb performances from Emmanuelle Devos and Daniel Auteuil. The terse, snaking screenplay of structural intricacies and dramatic concealments frames the film as a mystery, with considerable intrigue in the secrets and complicit silences of one tortured bourgeois family."

- VARIETY



"Fascinating. Through breathtaking staging and images, Lafosse dissects a mother's shame, her silence, her change of heart. Auteuil is astonishing. "

- LE PARISIEN



"A chilling thriller, devoured by nocturnal shadows, with Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuelle Devos at the top of their game. "

- MARIE CLAIRE



"This exciting psychological thriller portrays a woman confronted with her choices. Devos is masterful. "

- ELLE



"An actress and an actor at the top of their art. "

- FRANCEINFO CULTURE


Movie Information

Release date

Thursday 27th June
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Duration

101 min

Rating

MA15+

Cast

Emmanuelle Devos, Daniel Auteuil, Salomé Dewaels, Larisa Faber

Director

Joachim Lafosse

Genre

Drama

Language

French with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, Pentridge Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Penny Lane, Palace Central Sydney, Palace Moore Park, Palace Raine Square



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