Nicoline, an experienced psychologist, starts a new job at a penal institution, despite the fact that she resolved to never return to psychiatry. She meets Idris, an intelligent man with an anti-social, narcissistic personality disorder, who committed a series of grave sexual offenses. After five years of treatment, he is about to go on his first unaccompanied probation. His team of practitioners are enthusiastic about his development and behavior, but newcomer Nicoline does not trust him an inch. She tries to push his probation to the astonishment of her coworkers. Idris tries his hardest to convince Nicoline of his good intentions, but as she remains skeptical, he slowly but surely grows violent. He transforms into the manipulative man Nicoline 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.


Still photo by Kris Dewitte

Directed by 

Halina Reijn

Written by 

Esther Gerritsen & Halina Reijn, based on an idea by Halina Reijn

  • Year 
  • 2018
  • Language 
  • Dutch
  • Distributor 
  • September Film
  • Director 
  • Halina Reijn
  • Screenplay 
  • Esther Gerritsen & Halina Reijn, based on an idea by Halina Reijn
  • Cast 
  • Carice van Houten, Marwan Kenzari, Marie-Mae van Zuilen, Pieter Embrechts, Betty Schuurman, Ariane Schlüter
  • Producer(s) 
  • Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings
  • Co-producer(s) 
  • Director of Photography 
  • Jasper Wolf NSC
  • Production design 
  • Lieke Scholman
  • Editor 
  • Job ter Burg NCE
  • Casting 
  • Post Castelijn Casting
  • Sound design 
  • Michel Schöpping

    Credits are not contractual