+ Q&A with director Halina Reijn
A transgressive Dutch drama toying with ideas of consent and desire.
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The Netherlands 2019
Dir Halina Reijn
With Carice van Houten, Marwan Kenzari, Marie-Mae van Zuilen
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.