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Thirst: Female Desire on Screen

Preview: Instinct

+ Q&A with director Halina Reijn

A transgressive Dutch drama toying with ideas of consent and desire.

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Image from Preview: Instinct + Q&A with director Halina Reijn

The Netherlands 2019
Dir Halina Reijn
With Carice van Houten, Marwan Kenzari, Marie-Mae van Zuilen
English subtitles
Certificate tbc
Courtesy of Films Boutique

In actor Halina Reijn’s debut feature, an experienced criminal psychologist working in a secure unit for sex offenders finds herself suddenly and intensely infatuated with one of her patients, a violent rapist. Touching on the uncomfortable line between consent, danger and animalistic desire, Instinct is a provocative and debate-inspiring exploration of a woman’s lust at its most extreme.


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