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When the teacher of an elite class of intellectually advanced children commits suicide by leaping from a top floor classroom window in front of his students, six pupils look on with a chilling apathy. When Pierre Hoffman (Laurent Lafitte, Elle and Festival guest in 2014) is assigned as substitute teacher, he becomes troubled by the devious behaviour of the sextet and their lack of emotion over their teacher’s death. His obsession intensifies as he commences to stalk the group after school, becoming drawn into their creepy pursuits, only to find their sinister world poisoning his own.
Director’s Note: The use of static shots, anamorphic lens distortion, and unsettling sound textures heighten the tensions, slowly building to a strange and disturbing climax in this enigmatic and chilling debut.
Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard
Official Selection, Venice Days, Venice International Film Festival 2018; BFI London Film Festival 2018
Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival – November 14th to 25th