Luxembourg, Belgium, France / 2017 / 109 minutes / NR

Outstanding performances by Isabelle Huppert, her real-life daughter Lolita Chammah, and Thémis Pauwels as grandmother, daughter and granddaughter illuminate how loss and abandonment can give way to a tentative trust, just as water must find new ways to flow around a dam or barrage.

Alba is cold and distant towards this stranger who show up unexpectedly in her life, and so is Elisabeth, keen to keep her protégée to herself. one day, Catherine cannot take it anymore. She “kidnaps” Alba and takes her on a trip to lake up North. So begins an unsettling journey into puzzling and complex world of motherly love, only to find out that sometimes the true opponent is yourself. (Official selection of Berlinale Forum program)

Laura Schroeder
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