Instinct

2019

Instinct

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Nicoline, an experienced psychologist, starts a new job at a penal institution. She meets Idris, a sex offender who committed a series of grave crimes. After five years of treatment, he is about to go on his first unaccompanied probation. His team of practitioners are enthusiastic about his development but newcomer Nicoline does not trust him and tries to push his probation. Idris tries his hardest to convince Nicoline of his good intentions, but slowly but surely, he transforms into the manipulative man she saw in him from the beginning. A power play emerges between the two and Nicoline, in spite of her knowledge and experience, lets herself be trapped completely.

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Critic Reviews for Instinct

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (3)

  • I can't say I want to see it again, but I really need to. More importantly, I really hope rapists end up seeing it. Just maybe they'll realize what they've done.

    January 17, 2020 | Full Review…

    Matt Cipolla

    The Spool
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  • Carice van Houten delivers a stunning performance that's one of the year's best.

    January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

    Mina Takla

    AwardsWatch
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  • In a #MeToo climate, it chooses to stand by its controversial story rather than play is safe. This is not a film that lazily says, "men bad/women good," which is easy to do in fiction.

    January 8, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

    Alan Ng

    Film Threat
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  • Carice Van Houten stars and stuns as Nicoline, a troubled psychotherapist working in a rehabilitation program at a prison.

    December 19, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Absorbing psycho-sexual debut feature from a highly talented director.

    October 19, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • This elegant and hypnotic film dares to go to some very secret places.

    October 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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