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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2011: Dardennes Bros.’ Set Me Free

If you want a piece of Belgium this year, skip Tintin and look out for the Dardenne’s latest. Lorna’s Silence might not have been a masterwork in a filmography populated by great achievements in cinema, and despite rehashing of similar themes, they outfitted the film with sense of hope. Here’s hoping that Cécile de France (local Belgian actress) navigates troubled waters and we see whipping boy/Dardenne favorite actor Jérémie Renier embody another fringe character. Their hallmark items of gritty handheld camerawork, their attention to detail void of anything theatrical and infectious characters are always appreciated.

IONCINEMA.com Top 100 Films

#10. Set Me Free (Délivrez-moi)

Directors/Writers: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Production Companies: Les Films Du Fleuve, Lucky Red and Archipel 35
Distributor: Rights Available.

The Gist: This is the story of an 11-year-old boy, abandoned by his father, who ends up with an unwitting young woman (Cecile de France) to care for him. (more)

Cast: Cécile de France and Jérémie Renier

List Worthy Reasons…: If you want a piece of Belgium this year, skip Tintin and look out for the Dardenne’s latest. Lorna’s Silence might not have been a masterwork in a filmography populated by great achievements in cinema, and despite rehashing of similar themes, they outfitted the film with sense of hope. Here’s hoping that Cécile de France (local Belgian actress) navigates troubled waters and we see whipping boy/Dardenne favorite actor Jérémie Renier embody another fringe character. Their hallmark items of gritty handheld camerawork, their attention to detail void of anything theatrical and infectious characters are always appreciated. 

Release Date/Status?: Currently in post-production, this will be ready for a Cannes Main Compeition premiere. 

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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