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Thank God We Have Each Other (2022)

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With its unique and captivating storyline and a talented ensemble cast of young actors, Anne Giafferi‘s 2002 film Thank God We Have Each Other (Heureusement qu’on s’a)  offers a refreshing take on the Coming-of-Age family drama genre.

In this case the term “family drama” can be taken quite literally as one such drama unfolds on screen.  The viewer observes the ways in which the characters affected deal with it and, as in life itself, no easy solutions are found and decisions lead to unforeseen consequences . 

Oscar Pauleau, who plays the role of Vincent, a thirteen-year-old boy, is the protagonist of this drama. Vincent is compelled to take care of his younger brother and sister when their mother makes an attempt to take her own life. 

 

Adding to the obstacles they face, the film’s teenage protagonist and his younger siblings are forced to rely on their father, who ultimately proves to be irresponsible and self-centered. It is interesting to note that the terms “immature,” “selfish,” and “irresponsible” define not the teenage image of Vincent, but rather the father once admired by his son.

Oscar Pauleau delivers a powerful performance, capturing the emotional journey of his character with authenticity and depth. His ability to convey complex emotions through subtle facial expressions is truly remarkable. His eyes, in particular, serve as windows into his character’s soul, revealing a depth of emotion that is both captivating and relatable for the audience. 

A co-production between France and Belgium and released as TV movie, Thank God We Have Each Other shares similar thematic elements with Edward Berger’s 2014 German drama Jack , Dardenne Brothers’ 2011 movie The Kid with a Bike, Philippe Claudel’s A Childhood, as well as the 2004 Japanese film Nobody Knows. All these films focus on abandonment and Coming- of-Age in a contemporary setting with strong young leads.

With its insightful exploration of adolescence and the complexities of family dynamics, Thank God We Have Each Other is a heartwarming and poignant film that will resonate with audiences of all ages.

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