instinct

Instinct

A Film by Halina Reijn

Technical details : 2019 - Netherlands - Drama/Thriller - 2.35 - 98 min.

Cast : Carice van Houten, Marwan Kenzari

Languages : Dutch

Producers : Frans van Gestel, Laurette Schillings, Arnold Heslenfeld

SYNOPSIS

Nicoline, an experienced psychologist, starts a new job at a penal institution. She meets Idris, a sex offender who committed a series of grave crimes. After five years of treatment, he is about to go on his first unaccompanied probation. His team of practitioners are enthusiastic about his development but newcomer Nicoline does not trust him and tries to push his probation. Idris tries his hardest to convince Nicoline of his good intentions, but slowly but surely, he transforms into the manipulative man she saw in him from the beginning. A power play emerges between the two and Nicoline, in spite of her knowledge and experience, lets herself be trapped completely.

Locarno
Piazza Grande Award

Toronto IFF
2019

London BFI
2019

Dutch Oscar entry
2020

SYNOPSIS

Nicoline, an experienced psychologist, starts a new job at a penal institution. She meets Idris, a sex offender who committed a series of grave crimes. After five years of treatment, he is about to go on his first unaccompanied probation. His team of practitioners are enthusiastic about his development but newcomer Nicoline does not trust him and tries to push his probation. Idris tries his hardest to convince Nicoline of his good intentions, but slowly but surely, he transforms into the manipulative man she saw in him from the beginning. A power play emerges between the two and Nicoline, in spite of her knowledge and experience, lets herself be trapped completely.

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