The Other Son

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The Other Son
Le Fils de l'autre.jpg
Film poster
Directed byLorraine Lévy
Produced byVirginie Lacombe
Raphael Berdugo
StarringEmmanuelle Devos
Pascal Elbé
Jules Sitruk
Mehdi Dehbi
Areen Omari
Khalifa Natour
Music byDhafer Youssef
CinematographyEmmanuel Soyer
Edited bySylvie Gadmer
Rapsodie Production
Distributed byHaut et Court
Release date
  • 23 March 2012 (2012-03-23) (Alès Film Festival)
  • 4 April 2012 (2012-04-04) (France)
Running time
110 minutes
Budget$2.7 million
Box office$4.2 million[1]

The Other Son (original title: Le Fils de l'Autre) is a 2012 French drama film directed by Lorraine Lévy.


The film centers on Joseph Silberg (Jules Sitruk), who is about to turn 18 years old and serve in the Israeli Defense Forces. During routine tests, his family discovers his blood type is different from theirs. Through further testing, including DNA testing, the family discovers that Joseph is not their son.

An investigation is conducted by the hospital Joseph was born in. Due to a bombing attack that occurred on the night he was born, Joseph and another baby were taken to shelters for safety and switched by mistake. The hospital administrator contacts the family of the other baby, who happen to be Palestinian. Their baby, Yacine Al Bezaaz, was born on the same night.

The story develops reflecting the issues of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict in which both fathers are reluctant to accept the situation while the mothers are more open to the possibility of becoming close with their biological children. As the boys become friends, their families have to re-evaluate their beliefs and "resistance to neighboring culture" (Xenophobia) prior to connecting with their true identity.[2][3]


Pascal Elbé, Areen Omari and Emmanuelle Devos at a preview of The Other Son.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "LE FILS DE L'AUTRE (2012)". JP' Box-Office. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  2. ^ "The Other Son", About the Palestinian-Israeli Divide, New York Times, October 25, 2012.
  3. ^ Erro do passado aproxima judeu e palestino em "O Filho do Outro" (in Portuguese)

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