Lucien – 11 – lives retired with his mother Cécile and his older brother in a village in the Ardennes. He is a secretive boy who avoids contact as much as questions. When his grandmother dies, a prison release is granted to his father to attend the funeral. Seeing his father grieve, handcuffed and protected from the popular fury by an impressive police deployment hurts Lucien. Against the advice of his family, Lucien decides to see his father again. At the risk of losing everything…



Key Words
  • Coming-of-age
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur
  • Alice nella città
  • Cairo International Film Festival (cancelled)
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF)
  • BUFF International Film Festival  Malmö * Winner of The City of Malmö Children’s Film Award *
Directed By
  • Vivian Goffette
Produced By
  • Dragons films
  • Yanis Frish
  • Lucie Debay
  • Wim Willaert
  • Mila De Mol
  • Laurent Capelluto
  • Paulo Schmit
Original title
  • Les Poings Serrés
  • Belgium
  • 2023
  • 86’ min.
  • Available in 2K
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
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