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Instinct

Nicoline is the psychologist in charge of rehabilitating Idris, a serial sex offender. He tries hard to convince her of his renewed goodness...

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Instinct

Thriller, Drama

When a game of seduction and manipulation turns the provocateur into a prey.

Nicoline is the psychologist in charge of rehabilitating Idris, a serial sex offender. He tries hard to convince her of his renewed goodness, only to be constantly rejected by her. A disturbing but sickeningly alluring power play develops between them.

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Details

  • Halina Reijn
  • Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones)
    Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin)
  • Netherlands
  • Dutch
  • 96 Mins
  • 2019

Accolades

Official Dutch entry for the Oscars in 2019

Locarno International Film Festival, 2019

Halina Reijn, Variety Piazza Grande Award

Golden and Platin Film, Netherlands, 2019

Golden Film

Les Arcs European Film Festival, 2019

Halina Reijn, Cineuropa Award

Les Arcs European Film Festival, 2019

Halina Reijn, Young Jury Prize

Critics

Screen Daily

"...a subtle and nuanced drama, exploring power, sexuality and gender."

Variety

"Carice van Houten is on electrifying form in Halina Reijn's risky, impressive debut.”

Trivia

One of Europe's most celebrated actresses, Carice van Houten received international recognition for her recurring role as Melisandre on the HBO television series Game of Thrones (2012–2019), for which she received nominations for two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

In 2019, Marwan played the iconic role of 'Jafar' in Guy Ritchie's live action musical version of the Disney feature, Aladdin, which was the ninth highest-grossing film of that year.

This is the first feature as writer-director for Dutch theater and film actress Halina Reijn (Valkyrie).

This is the first production for Man Up, the production company of Carice van Houten and Halina Reijn.

Actress Carice van Houten and director Halina Reijn have been friends for many years, and previously worked together on many projects, most prominently Black Book (Best Foreign Film Nominee, BAFTA 2007; Best International Film, Venice FF 2006).

The idea for Instinct was sparked after seeing a TV report about true cases of highly educated female psychiatrists having sexual relationships with dangerous inmates.