Facets Cinémathèque

October 2–8, 2015

Chicago Premiere


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Cinematography Award
Grand Jury Prize
Film Fest
"An atmospheric, unsettling and ultimately extraordinary depiction of life in a cult-like commune"
  —Film Journal International
"Confidently lean and visual
"Inexplicable yet involving... powerfully shot, willfully enigmatic, meticulous examinations of the mechanics of paranoia and the survival instinct in the face of an undefined, enveloping darkness"
"An intelligent, controlled drama highlighted by strong performances from Vincent Cassel and newcomer Jeremy Chabriel"
  —Screen International
"Chabriel, in his first ever screen role, is a revelation. with an impressive screen presence that enables him to hold his own even against Cassel on top form"
  —Eye for Film

The charismatic Gregori (Vincent Cassel, Read My Lips, Eastern Promises) saunters into a hospital maternity ward and charms new mother Susanna. Eleven years later, she and her son Alexander live in Gregori's closed community, sheltering vulnerable women and their brood in a haven isolated from the outside world. Alexander is Gregori's prize pupil, eldest son, and star employee for a cottage industry, by which the kids are trained to run dangerous errands to provide for the group, but Gregori feels threatened by the boy's inquisitive nature. He is fearful that his child might not love him anymore, particularly as Alexander begins to think for himself.

In his feature debut, Ariel Kleiman crisply constructs a fascinating hidden world, then casts innocuous moments, such as a karaoke party or a child playing with a paintball gun, in increasingly sinister light. This juxtaposition cleverly deepens and undermines our understanding of this seemingly idyllic makeshift family. (Sundance Film Festival)

Directed by Ariel Kleiman, 2014, Australia, 98 mins.


  • Fri., Oct. 2 at 7:30 pm
  • Sat.–Sun., Oct. 3–4 at 5:45 & 7:45 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Oct. 5–8 at 7:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
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  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation