Nicoline, an experienced psychologist working in a penal institution, starts an affair with a serial rapist who appears to be ready to return to society.
Psychiatrist Nicoline starts a job in a prison where she meets Idris, an intelligent and psychopathic rapist who has been allowed a first probation. Nicoline distrusts him and argues against this decision. Idris is desperate to show Nicoline his good intentions, but she remains sceptical, and slowly he becomes more and more hostile, transforming into the manipulative man Nicoline knew from the start. A power game develops between them, one Nicoline enjoys more than she dares to admit to herself.
90' / colour
Genre: drama, thriller
Original title: INSTINCT
Dir: Halina Reijn
Prod: Topkapi Films - Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings
Sc: Esther Gerritsen, Halina Reijn
D.O.P.: Jasper Wolf
Completed: spring 2019
Cast: Carice van Houten (Brimstone, Game of Thrones), Marwan Kenzari (Wolf, Aladdin).
Festivals and awards a.o.:
Locarno Film Festival - Variety Piazza Grande Award and Special Mention Best First Feature
Toronto International Film Festival
BFI London Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Les Arcs European Film Festival
Miami International Film Festival
Kolkata International Film Festival
First feature film.
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