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IRELAND, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium | 105 minutes | 2019

Jade, a young London mother, leaves the hospital. The doctors seem pleased with her progress. But how can she face daily life with a two-year-old when she’s been the victim of an acid attack by her ex-boyfriend? Heartrending and often hard to watch, Sacha Polak’s film opens a window onto a tragic reality. Using camera work reminiscent of Andrea Arnold’s and a stripped-down, intense mise-en-scène, the Dutch filmmaker captures her heroine’s plight with infinite tenderness. In the role of Jade, the non-professional actor Vicky Knight, who herself suffered burns as a baby, is a true revelation.

"An astonishingly vibrant and engaging performance by feature first-timer Vicky Knight drives this urgent, passionate drama from Dutch film-maker Sacha Polak." The Guardian
"Despite the down-to-earth toughness of its subject, Polak and cinematographer Ruben Impens explore an expressionistic palette, full of vivid splashes of colour." The Guardian
"An unflinching portrait of a strong-willed yet immature young woman facing a radical change in how the world looks at her as well as how she sees herself following an acid attack." Variety

World Cinema Competition - Sundance Film Festival

Rotterdam Film Festival


Saturday October 12, 2019

Program #45
Cinéma du Parc 1

Friday October 18, 2019

Program #203
Cinéma du Parc 1

Sunday October 20, 2019

Program #276
Cineplex Odeon Quartier SALLE 17

Sacha Polak

No biography

HEMEL (2012)
ZURICH (2014)

distribution and credits

  • Screenplay Sacha Polak, Susie Farrell
  • Producer Marleen Slot
  • Cast Katherine Kelly, Vicky Knight, Bluey Ronbinson

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