BBFC RatingBFF '19: Mother's Instinct

Showing: 12 April 2019

CertificateNot Rated
GenreDrama, Thriller
DirectorOlivier Masset-Depasse
CountryFrance, Belguim
Running Time1HR 37MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled / 15+
SeasonBelfast Film Festival 2019

The spirit of Alfred Hitchcock hovers over this lusciously designed psychological thriller set in 1960s Brussels. Two neighboring suburban housewives are best friends — until a tragic accident breaks the harmony between their clans, and paranoia and distrust take hold.

Love thy neighbour as thyself. Belgian director Olivier Masset-Depasse’s third feature will put you on the edge of your seat - and keep you reaching frequently for your martini glass.

Alice and Céline share a special bond. Each living on one side of a stately suburban semi-detached home, their two families almost live like one. But when tragedy strikes, relationships are tested and a crippling sense of paranoia sets in.

Placed in a Mad Men-like 1960s milieu, with exquisite production design and a luscious, ultra-saturated colour palette. The bourgeois setting is perfect for the film’s cautionary tale.