Son frère

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Son frère
Patrice Chéreau, 2003
France | French with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 95 minutes

Chéreau followed Intimacy with another stripped-down relationship drama about the shaky, sporadic connection between emotional and physical life. Here, the relationship is between two estranged brothers: one straight, the other gay; one healthy, the other incurably ill. With equal parts compassion and clear-eyed observation, Chéreau documents the pair’s extended string of hospital visits, surgical procedures, seaside retreats and moments of intimacy. A remarkably frank look at illness and death, Son frère finds Chéreau returning to several of his recurring obsessions: the emotional distance between people, especially those—friends, siblings, lovers—who are allegedly closest to one another, the tension between romantic and familial commitments, and the limitations and frailties of the body.

Series: Patrice Chéreau: The Love That Dares

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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