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Instinct

Carice van Houten flirts with danger in this confrontational interrogation of desire and consent.

A number of access tickets have been ring-fenced for the BSL screening on Saturday 5 October.

Dir Halina Reijn
Prod Frans van Gestel, Laurette Schillings, Arnold Heslenfeld
Scr Esther Gerritsen, Halina Reijn
With Carice van Houten, Marwan Kenzari
Netherlands
2019
98min
Sales Films Boutique
With English subtitles

Respected clinical psychologist Nicoline is at the top of her game. Promptly after starting a new job at a penal institution, she commences sessions with Idris, an inmate found guilty of multiple violent sex crimes. While her colleagues are confident that the disarmingly alluring convict is well on the road to rehabilitation, Nicoline remains unconvinced, passionately advocating that Idris be denied release. As the simmering tensions between the pair steadily escalate, Nicoline finds herself overpoweringly drawn to her subject, and soon the boundaries between doctor and patient begin to blur. Shot with cool, probing precision, director Halina Reijn’s stimulating examination of power and abuse features an impressively nuanced central performance from Carice van Houten. A film of bold intricacy that’s unafraid to pose challenging questions and venture into uncomfortable territory.

Michael Blyth

Additional information

This film contains flashing images.

This is a 18+ screening.

Additional information

The screening on Saturday 5 October is an accessible BSL screening for customers who are D/deaf or hard or hearing. The introduction and Q&A will be BSL interpreted.


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