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Son of The Shark
(Le Fils du Requin)
France - 1993
Directed by Agnes Merlet


This film follows events surrounding the terrorization of a small town in France by two young boys, Martin and Simon.  The boys have been abandoned by their mother who chooses to live with their alcoholic and abusive father.  They express their outrage by turning on everyone around them.  The authorities exhaust the resources of every agency as they try to rehabilitate the incorrigible boys.  Placed in separate orphanages, the boys always manage to escape and continue their reign of terror. 

Martin, who narrates the story, becomes increasingly fascinated with the sea, imagining his mother to be a shark instead of the disappointing human mother he has known.   Filmed on location in the towns of Ault and Treport, we are provided with interesting glimpses of small-town France.

This is director, Agnes Merlet's first film and we felt she did a good job illustrating the frustration of trying to cope with wild children who lack conscience for their actions.  Son of the Shark won an International Critics Prize in Venice, 1993.

Runtime:  90 minutes.


Guest Comments

From:  "JuJuDaydreamer"

"I thought this was a great movie. Not just because it has young children acting as adults. But because the movie shows that a child will find a source to guide them in the absence of reliable parents, much like the child did in the book Ths Songs of Maldoror."

 

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