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Mothers' Instinct (Duelles) (2018)




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Set in an idyllic Brussels neighborhood in the early 60s, the film presents the intertwined lives of best friends Celine (Anne Coesens) and Alice (Veerle Baetens). Not only do they live side by side, but their husbands are friends and so are their children, Maxime (Luan Adam) and Theo (Jules Lefebvre). However, once tragedy strikes the families, their seemingly unbreakable bonds are fractured forever. Directed and co-written by Olivier Masset-Depasse.

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Veerle Baetens
as Alice Brunelle
Anne Coesens
as Céline Geniot
Mehdi Nebbou
as Simon Brunelle
Arieh Worthalter
as Damien Geniot

Critic Reviews for Mothers' Instinct (Duelles)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

These perfect housewives serve each other passive aggression like petits fours and protestations of affection like they're macarons iced with arsenic.

September 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Half the time, you don't know if you should be rolling or shuddering in your seat, though you mostly do the latter.

September 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Masset-Depasse deftly handles a plot which flirts openly with ripe melodrama, but keeps the audience guessing about which household the madness and paranoia lurks within.

September 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Although perhaps a little too based in homage to be a memorable festival circuit breakout, it can certainly be appreciated for the gripping yarn that it is.

February 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Almost always predictable. [Full review in Spanish]

January 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Its dramatic play works despite being below its very illustrious referent. [Full review in Spanish]

July 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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