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Private Property (Nue Propriété) Review

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Joachim Lafosse’s third feature is a masterly study of a Belgian family that’s both bound, and torn apart, by its dysfunctionality.

★★★★

Apart from making Rénier’s son a touch too boorish, Joachim Lafosse’s third feature is a masterly study of a Belgian family that’s both bound, and torn apart, by its dysfunctionality.

Having used her twins against her husband during their divorce, Huppert now finds them obstructing her fresh start with chef, Kris Cuppens. Yet, for all the twentysomething siblings’ infantilisation, Huppert is no more mature herself.

There's not a wasted word and the performances are equally impressive. But the real power comes from an Ozu-like static camera, giving each scene an intensity that makes the climactic tracking shot all the more disconcerting.

There's not a wasted word and the performances are impressive in Joachim Lafosse's hugely impressive film.

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