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In spite of her expertise and experience, a seasoned psychologist is completely infatuated by the sex offender she is treating in a penal institution.

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Halina Reijn

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Esther Gerritsen (screenplay by), Halina Reijn (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carice van Houten ... Nicoline
Marwan Kenzari ... Idris
Marie-Mae van Zuilen ... Marieke
Pieter Embrechts ... Alex
Ariane Schluter ... Directrice
Betty Schuurman Betty Schuurman ... Mother Nicoline
Abdelkarim El Baz Abdelkarim El Baz ... Tarik
Tamar van den Dop Tamar van den Dop ... Milly
Robert de Hoog ... Jos
Kuno Bakker Kuno Bakker ... John
Juda Goslinga Juda Goslinga ... Kees
Barry Emond Barry Emond ... Kenny
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah Akwasi Owusu-Ansah ... Wilfred
Maria Kraakman ... Paula
Matijs Jansen Matijs Jansen ... Dave
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Nicoline, an experienced psychologist, starts a new job at a penal institution, despite the fact that she resolved to never return to psychiatry. She meets Idris, an intelligent man with an anti-social, narcissistic personality disorder, who committed a series of grave sexual offenses. After five years of treatment, he is about to go on his first unaccompanied probation. His team of practitioners are enthusiastic about his development and behavior, but newcomer Nicoline does not trust him an inch. She tries to push his probation to the astonishment of her coworkers. Idris tries his hardest to convince Nicoline of his good intentions, but as she remains skeptical, he slowly but surely grows violent. He transforms into the manipulative man Nicoline 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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Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

3 October 2019 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Locus of Control See more »

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$223,712
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A bit weird
13 October 2019 | by cavandraanenSee all my reviews

I think it was a pretty good movie. The acting was so nice to watch and Carice is very beautiful. The ending was very unsetisfying and leaves a lot of questions open. Some parts of the story line are also quite vague. Overall the story line was good and the movie in itself wasn't bad either.


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