Private Property

A film by Joachim Lafosse, 2006

Genre: Drama

Languages: French

Format: 1.66

Duration: 92 min

Countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, France

Year: 2006

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A woman lives alone with her twins in an old, renovated farm in Belgium. Although they were divorced long ago, she and her husband continue tearing each other apart in front of their children, two young adults incapable of looking after themselves. Helpless and in a bid for survival, the mother leaves the house. In her absence, a fratricidal war breaks out…



Director: Joachim Lafosse
Script: Joachim Lafosse et François Pirot
Image: Hichame Alaouié
Sound: Benoît De Clerck
Editing: Sophie Vercruysse
Direction Artistique: Anna Falguerès, Sabine Riche, Régine Constant




Pascale : Isabelle Huppert

Thierry : Jérémie Renier

François : Yannick Renier

Jan : Kris Cuppens

Anne : Raphaëlle Lubansu

Luc : Patrick Descamps

L’amie de Jan : Catherine Salée


Produced by Tarantula (BE & LU), Mact Productions (France).


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Mostra Venice IFF, Competition 2006

Toronto International Film Festival 2006
Special Presentations Programme

Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival 2006

Thessaloniki International Film Festival /Section ID 06

Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2006

Rome International Film Festival 2006

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Bratislava International Film Festival

Tallin International Film Festival

Rotterdam International Film Festival 2007

European Film Market 2007

Australian French Embassy 2007

Hong Kong International Film Fest. 2007

Nat Film Festival 2007 - Denmark

Jeonju International Film Festival 2007

Bucharest French Embassy Bis 2007

Moscow International Film Festival 2007

Munich International Film Festival 2007

Auckland and Wellinghton International Film Festival 2007

Era Nowy Horyzonty 2007

Espoo Cine International Film Festival 2007

Festival Baltic Pearl 2007

Haifa International Film Festival 2007

Festa do Cinema Frances

Damascus International Film Festival 2007

Cinemania Film Festival - Montréal 2007

Institut Français de Rabat 2007

Filmfestival Max Ophuels Preis

Febiofest 2008

10e Festival international du film de Bratislava

Cavens Award : Best belgian movie by L’union de la critique de cinéma



Joachim Lafosse was born in Brussels, in 1975. He graduated from IAD (Institut des Arts de Diffusion in Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium) and his end-of-studies film Tribu was well received in many festivals. Working as scriptwriter, director, author and stage director, he moves from one project to the next at a frenzied rate. His uncompromising first feature length feature film, Folie Privée (2004), received many awards. 2006 was a key year for this thirty year old director: Ça rend Heureux, his second feature length film was presented in competition at the Locarno Festival and the Premiers Plans Festival in Angers where he won the Grand Prix. The same year, he received critical acclaim for Nue Propriété in competition at the Venice Festival. Elève Libre is Joachim Lafosse’s fourth feature film.





“An impeccably acted character drama revolving around a mother and her teenage twin sons, Private Property shows how strong and how terrifying the bonds within families can be.”

Kenneth Turan / Los Angeles Times


“What draws us into “Private Property” is how so many things happen under the surface, never commented upon. At any given moment, we cannot say for sure what the characters fully feel, since they often act at right angles to their emotions.”

Robert Ebert / Chicago Sun-Times


“Lafosse has made a mordant movie beyond genres — and one that is too mesmerizing to miss.”

Andrew Sarris / New-York Observer


“[Director] Lafosse’s frustrating, yet beautifully elegiac coda emphasizes the point that his production and storytelling style have been making throughout: Private Property is about processes, not conclusions.”

Tasha Robinson / Chicago Tribune


“Intense and very involving drama by Belgian director Joachim Lafosse.”

Peter Bradshaw / Guardian


“Thanks to the acuity of their performances, the old adage “You always hurt the ones you love” rings new and true.”

Tom Dawson / Total Film