Halina Reijn, Netherlands, 2019o
In spite of her expertise and experience, a seasoned psychologist is completely infatuated with the sex offender she is treating in a penal institution.
This bold first feature film explores the corners of desire, its strengths, its ambiguity. The performance of van Houten (Game of Thrones) as the psychiatrist of a serial rapist, is hypnotic, bewitching the viewer. Director and actress question domination in a very profound manner; the desire and refusal, almost concurrently, to dominate and be dominated. This raw exploration of human nature is enhanced by a very sharp almost clinical mise en scène by Reijn.Mathilde Henrot