When Gorik, a teenage boy from Brussels, is dragged off to live with his mother’s new boyfriend, it turns out he will not even have a room of his own. Now he has to rely on his closest friends for support, or risk succumbing to the temptations of the metropolis.
Putain tells a multi-layered story about escapism through substance abuse, partying, or sex, and the consequences of having to live with a violent, overprotective or xenophobic parent. Each of Gorik’s friends has a unique background and problems, allowing the series to paint a broad picture of what it means to grow up in a big city. It also shows there is no tailor-made formula for parenthood. Gradually the series becomes a many-sided portrait of how friendship and a city sometimes provide the education we cannot find at home.