The Son of Joseph
Vincent has been lovingly raised by his mother, but she has always refused to reveal who is father is. He finally discovers that it’s a certain Oscar Pormenor, an egoistic and cynical Parision publisher. Vincent develops a violent plan of revenge, but his meeting with Joseph, a man who lives on the fringe of society, has a profound impact on both him and his mother.
Eugène Green drops biblical motifs--Abraham and Isaac, Mary and Joseph--into this genuinely contemporary setting as if it were the most natural thing in the world, augmenting them with nods to crime films, Italian Baroque music, a Doisneau photograph, three 17th century paintings and an artificial way of speaking that is anything but current. The characters are positioned within the visual compositions and look directly into the camera, their diction flawless. Whatever needs saying--and that's a lot--they recite impassively, in declamatory fashion. Along the way, there are jabs at the literature milieu and trendy yuppies. A film where divine seriousness rubs against bizarre comedy, where theology meets caricature, an intriguing film, anachronistic and innovative in equal measure. – Rotten Tomatoes
- Brisk, witty, devotional and unabashedly intellectual, this is a deadpan delight. – David Parkinson, Radio Times