• Director-Screenwriter

    Laura Wandel

  • Producer

    Stéphane Lhoest

  • With

    Maya Vanderbeque, Günter Duret

  • Belgium 2021. 72min

  • UK Distribution

    New Wave Films

  • Language

    French

    With English subtitles

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The original title, meaning ‘a world’, suggests that a school is a self-enclosed universe with its own customs and abuses – and a microcosm of the injustices outside. Nora (mesmerising newcomer Maya Vanderbeque) arrives in a new school, nervous about leaving her dad and yearning for the protection of big brother Abel (Günter Duret). In fact, it’s Abel who faces bullying – and when Nora tries to help him, his ordeal only worsens. Laura Wandel’s extraordinary debut is a triumph in terms of focus and concision, with the action restricted to the school premises and the camera held exactly at Nora’s child’s-eye height. Arguably one of the best films ever made about childhood; without doubt, one of the most gripping, and lucidly truthful.

Jonathan Romney

Contains scenes viewers may find distressing.

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