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  • The Son
  • The Mother

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

Cast

  • Naomi Watts
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Tim Roth
  • Kelvin Harrison Jr.
  • Norbert Leo Butz
  • Andrea Bang
  • Marsha Stephanie Blake
  • Omar Shariff Brunson Jr.
  • Noah Gaynor
  • Astro

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Luce means 'light' in Italian. A luce is also a type of pike fish. Pike fish are notorious for being voracious and for having large pointed teeth.
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Goofs

  • When Luce goes for a run he takes his shirt off and throws it on top of a box in his closet top left. When he returns from his run and his mom is in his room, the shirt is gone.
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Verified Review

Wonderfully put together. Left you with questions.

RA
Rochelle A
Verified Review

Overall movie was good but not great. Acting and general premise of the movie was good, but wasn’t clear on the point that Luce was trying to make, if any. Luce has a problem with people having to be all one thing (good or bad); film was kind of ambiguous on Luce’s motives and true psyche. Still worth a view.

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Deneise W

Metacritic

50
Aug 7, 2019

Luce spends too much time presenting a puzzle for viewers to solve and, in doing so, neglects the human drama underneath.

David Sims
The Atlantic
80
Feb 1, 2019

Anchored by standout performances by Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer and young Kelvin Harrison Jr., it’s a strong indie film about race, family and trust that should connect with fans of smart, provocative cinema.

Metacritic review by Stephen Whitty
Stephen Whitty
Screen International
60
Feb 1, 2019

Teasing the viewer with ambiguous evidence is one thing, but the film doesn't seem to know what truth is behind the curtain. Luce the man remains unknown, and Luce the movie a missed opportunity.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter