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LOVE ACCORDING TO DALVA [France/Belgium], Thursday 12 October, 8pm

By August 10, 2023December 28th, 2023archive, Season 24 Autumn 2023

Online booking is appreciated and we cover the cost of your booking fee. Click here to buy your ticket for Love According to Dalva.

Made with painstaking care and sensitivity, this debut feature from Belgian film-maker Emmanuelle Nicot is about a child victim of grooming and rape who takes the side of her abuser.

After her abusive father is arrested, 12-year-old Dalva is taken into care. Acting more like an adult than a child, her social workers and new roommates find it difficult to connect with Dalva. Gradually with their help, she accepts that her relationship with her father was not normal, allowing her to experience the joys of childhood she was previously denied.

Tackling difficult subject matter with the utmost care and sensitivity, Love According to Dalva is a remarkable film about one young girl’s journey as she emerges from the most horrific situation. Writer / director Emmanuelle Nicot has made an exceptional and assured debut – a compassionate exploration of hope and recovery. Young Zelda Samson excels in an extraordinarily challenging lead role.

This deserved award-winner at Cannes last year manages the tricky feat of mining difficult and potentially lurid material without a single exploitative beat. – The Times [UK]

An intense film about trauma and its devastating consequences. I can’t think of another movie I was so reluctant to watch, but after it started I couldn’t look away. – The Guardian

First-time feature director Emmanuelle Nicot paints an achingly beautiful portrait of friendship, recovery and identity through a young girl’s childhood sexual abuse story. – Little White Lies

It’s an uncomfortable watch, but this assured French-language debut from director Emmanuelle Nicot negotiates its disturbing subject matter with delicacy, sensitivity and honesty. – The Observer

  • France/Belgium 2022 | Language: French | 87 minutes | Cert: 15A
  • Director: Emmanuelle Nicot
  • Cast: Zelda Samson, Alexis Manenti, Fanta Guirassy
  • Foreign language films are subtitled.  Cert: CLUB for over 18s.
  • A short film may be shown before the feature.
  • Tickets: €8.50/€7 concession
  • Cork Cine Club absorbs the cost of online booking fees.
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