“A disturbing look at family and fanaticism“. Hollywood Reporter
Actress-turned-director Sarah Suco’s debut feature is a mesmerising slow burn set in an insular Catholic community. When promising 12-year-old acrobat Camille (promising newcomer Céleste Brunnquell) performs in a sketch that seems to make light of prayer, the church’s leader—known only as “The Shepherd” (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) – asks her parents to withdraw her from circus training. Her mother (Camille Cottin) has become emotionally dependent on the parish, while her father (Éric Caravaca) seems brainwashed, so Camille has to fight for her own freedom and to save her younger brothers and sisters. Suco, who co-wrote the script with Nicolas Silhol (Corporate), grew up in just such a community.
Fri 4 Dec 7.30pm
Take part online at the French Film Festival from Friday 27 November to Friday 4 December with fff @ home, a platform releasing each day a French film available to watch online for 24 hours, in collaboration with Festival Scope.