Charles S. Cohen, Chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group, today announced that Cohen Media Group will release the new thriller MY SON, starring Guillaume Canet and Mélanie Laurent on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as digital platforms, on
September 17, 2019.
MY SON is a daring new addition to the father-on-a-mission thriller genre represented by the Taken films, Prisoners and the recent Kidnap. In the middle of the night, a 7-year-old boy has gone missing. The crisis draws the child’s father Julien (Guillaume Canet, Joyeux Noël,Tell No One)back to a small, snowy town in eastern France in an effort to help. Julien has been abroad for work and has been essentially absent from his son’s life since splitting with his wife (Mélanie Laurent, Beginners, No You See Me) a few years earlier. Fueled by his sense of guilt about neglecting his family, Julien is determined to do whatever it takes to find his son. That includes using physical force against anyone he thinks could be a suspect in the kidnapping – and stepping outside 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. Here, in a remarkable filmmaking twist, Carion kept 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. The result is a dynamic thriller with an added layer of authentic tension.
Canet, an award-winning director (including of 2006’s acclaimed mystery Tell No One), delivers a powder keg portrait of a man driven to extremes, with Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) providing a tough, complex performance as his distraught ex-wife. With his most unconventional shooting method, Carion has innovated a bold style of filmmaking – and in doing so has created a raw, riveting and dangerous movie experience.
Writing at RogerEbert.com, Glenn Kenny called MY SON “a high-wire act of tension and suspense that’s refreshingly clean and consistently effective.” The editors at France Today wrote, “The nerve-shredding face-off-with-the-baddies sequence is the relentless, edge-of-your-seat stuff most action blockbusters can only aspire to – thanks no doubt to Guillaume Canet’s white-knuckle intensity and raw desperation.”
Bonus features on the MY SON Blu-ray and DVD include a making-of featurette and a look behind the scenes with director Christian Carion and actor Guillaume Canet.