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Mothers' Instinct (2018)

Duelles (original title)
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When a sudden tragedy uproots the lives of two women and their families, they begin to question the relationships they once held so dear, in this psychological thriller from Olivier Masset-Depass

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Barbara Abel (novel), Giordano Gederlini (screenwriter) | 1 more credit »
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10 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Veerle Baetens ... Alice Brunelle
Anne Coesens ... Céline Geniot
Mehdi Nebbou ... Simon Brunelle
Arieh Worthalter Arieh Worthalter ... Damien Geniot
Jules Lefebvres Jules Lefebvres ... Theo
Luan Adam Luan Adam ... Maxime
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annick Blancheteau Annick Blancheteau ... Jeanne la mère de Simon
André Pasquasy André Pasquasy ... Doctor
Laurent Van Wetter Laurent Van Wetter ... Le juge
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When a sudden tragedy uproots the lives of two women and their families, they begin to question the relationships they once held so dear, in this psychological thriller from Olivier Masset-Depass

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Drama | Thriller

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Won a record breaking 9 Magritte awards (out of 10 nominations*) at the «Magritte Du Cinema»** 2020. Best film Best director (Olivier Masset-Dépasse) Best actress in a leading role (Veerle Baetens) Best actor in a supporting role (Arieh Worthalter) Best scenario or adaptation (Olivier Masset-Depasse & Giordano Gederlini) Best cinematography (Hichame Alaouié) Best sound (Marc Bastien, Thomas Gauder, Héléna Réveillère & Olivier Struye) Best original music (Frédéric Vercheval) Best editing (Damien Keyeux) *Out of the 10 nominations, the only award this movie didn't win was for the nomination of Anne Coesens, who was nominated in the same category as Veerle Baetens for best actress in a leading role, meaning that this movie won every single Magritte award it could've technically won. **A Magritte Award (French: Magritte du cinéma) is an accolade presented by the Académie André Delvaux of Belgium to recognize cinematic achievement in the film industry. Modelled after the French César Award, the formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent award ceremonies in Belgium. See more »

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An irrational and cold corrida between two female friends

In the 60s, two families live in two terraced houses in the upper-crust Brussels suburbs. A kind of a dolce vita in Belgium. Consecutively to a tragic accident, the film flips all of a sudden, and the atmosphere becomes desperately angsty with a vertiginous spiral towards the depths of the abyss: loss of confidence, need of revenge, paranoia and tutti quanti. The main character is Alice played by the delicious Veerle Baetens already seen in The Broken Circle Breakdown (Felix van Groeningen, 2012) and the manifold plot twists are focused on this specific character.

The cast is excellent, especially the 2 main actresses Veerle Baetens and Anne Coesens, without forgetting the child Jules Lefebvre. The sets are very realistic. Photography is neat and the sense of detail is boosted to the extreme, up to the hairstyles.


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France | Belgium

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French

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17 April 2019 (Belgium) See more »

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$135,950
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