10-year-old Nicolas lives with his mother on a remote island, in a village inhabited solely by women and young boys. In a hospital overlooking the ocean, all the boys are subjected to a mysterious medical treatment. Only Nicolas questions what is happening around him. He senses that his mother is lying to him, and is determined to find out what she does with the other women at night, on the beach... What he discovers is the beginning of a nightmare into which he is helplessly drawn. But in Stella, a young nurse at the hospital, Nicolas finds an unexpected ally.
Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Mathieu Goldfeld, Nissim Renard, Pablo-Noé Etienne, Nathalie Legosles, Chantal Aimée, Laura Ballesteros, Eric Batlle, Mafer Blanco, Anna Broock, Celestino Chacon
A dark mood piece marketed as horror but more disturbing than horrific. Its lack of narrative thrust, together with overlong static shots of expressionless faces, makes it a slow burn that requires patience to watch. But it certainly has imagination to spare. A group of odd women live on a wave-swept rocky island with their ten-year-old boys, who are subjected to mysterious medical operations. It’s an intriguing set-up but the plight of the boys, only one of whom exhibits any semblance of an expression at all, fails to make us care. Only the mystery remains to hold interest and you know that’s never going to be fully resolved. Not a patch on the writer/director Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s equally mysterious but wonderful Innocence.