Mothers' Instinct (Duelles)

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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.


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 (6) | Top Critics (2)

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

    Sep 26, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jessica Kiang

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

    Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Though it descends into fairly nasty Fatal Attraction-style territory, it largely resists melodrama, unfolding, in the main, in flickers of paranoia and jealousy.

    Feb 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In the end I'm not sure the movie amounts to all that much but it's an entertaining watch. And there's not an ounce of fat on it at 97 minutes, so affectionate poisoned kisses to Masset-Depasse and his editors for keeping it tight.

    Oct 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There does reach a point, however, at which Masset-Depasse's exceedingly patient sensibilities begin pushing the viewer away...

    Sep 24, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | 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.

    Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…

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