Obeying the commands of his mother, Olivier leaves for his grandmother’s house, only to disappear into the provincial French countryside.
Upon his disappearance, his already tension-ridden family crumbles. His overbearing mother, jealous sister and angry father grow distant from the ever-growing loss of their well-loved family member. Although the police officer reassures them that Olivier will soon be found, the audience understand that this is highly unlikely.
Six years after his disappearance, a boy appears in a police station in the same red cap Olivier was last wearing. His mother instantly recognizes him, but for then onwards the question looms: Is it really him?
Holland adapted this movie from a true story she read in a French newspaper of a missing child, the director recalls: “the basic story interested me, but I wanted to fill it with my own experience, with things close to me. I wanted to be able to see myself in the character of the mother. I wanted my characters to be more lucid than the protagonists of the real event.”
director AGNIESZKA HOLLAND
director of photography BERNARD ZITZERMANN
cast GRÉGOIRE COLIN, FRÉDÉRIC QUIRING, FAYE GATTEAU, EMMANUEL MOROZOF and BRIGITTE ROÜAN
words PRIYESH PATEL
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