Over a sweltering summer, 13-year-old Eva finds an escape from her absent parents by playing riddles with local teenagers. Soon the childish games take a sinister turn. Many years later, Eva returns to the village where she experienced her first tremors and her first traumas.
Director Veerle Baetens’ provocative feature debut is an explosive, close-to-the-bone exploration of the toxic confusion and cruelty of adolescence, and an unflinching portrait of the lasting impact of untreated trauma. Rosa Marchant and Charlotte De Bruyne give heartbreakingly juxtaposed, committed performances, as the film compels us to witness how the affection-starved, vulnerable young Eva was moulded into her brittle, isolated adult self. Past and present collide on one inevitably tragic trajectory.