Cohen Media Group is proud to announce the release of MY SON, writer-director Christian Carion’s French kidnapping thriller starring his long-time collaborator Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) in a powderkeg portrait of a man driven to extremes to protect his son. MY SON is scheduled to open on Friday, May 10 in New York (at the Quad Cinema and FIAF Florence Gould Hall) and Los Angeles followed by a national roll out.
After years of putting his career above his family, Julien (Guillaume Canet) has found himself with a failed marriage. One day he receives a distressing message from his ex-wife (Mélanie Laurent) that their seven-year-old son has disappeared while at camp. When authorities provide little help, Julien takes matters into his own hands. Fueled by his sense of guilt about neglecting his family, he is determined to do whatever it takes to find his son. That includes using physical force against anyone he speculates could be a suspect in the kidnapping – and disobeying police instructions by stepping outside of the law, as he begins to unfold the mystery of the boy’s disappearance.
MY SON marks the third and most unique collaboration between Canet and director Christian Carion, whose 2005 war drama Joyeux Noël earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. In a remarkable filmmaking twist, Carion made the decision to keep Canet almost completely in the dark about the movie’s plot. The film was shot in sequence over a quick six days, and Canet, onscreen for virtually every minute, was experiencing events, struggling with his emotions and discovering clues in real time just as his character was, adding a layer of authentic tension.
As a director, Guillaume Canet won the César for Best Director for his international hit thriller Tell No One, and his Little White Lies became one of France’s biggest box-office hits. As an actor, he has appeared in over 60 films from Danny Boyle’ The Beach to Stephen Frears’s The Program, and Olivier Assayas’ upcoming Non-Fiction, and many others.
Christian Carion’s first feature was the sleeper hit The Girl from Paris starring Mathilde Seigner as a young Parisian turned goat farmer, followed by his Oscar-nominated Joyeux Noël. His other features are the Cold War Russia-set espionnage thriller Farewell with Guillaume Canet and Emir Kusturica, and the World War II drama Come What May.
“Intense… Will keep you glued to your seat” - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter