‘Love according to Dalva’: Ear Review – Deadline

Baby decorating is a difficult issue to deal with, but Belgian director Emmanuel Nicot has taken a sensitive approach to the features of his critique week Love according to Dalva. The key point here is perspective: almost everything is shown from the perspective of a victim who has been taken care of, and who does not realize that he or she has been abused. Gradually seeing the truth on it gives the film a real thrill, as well as the possibility of recovery and enlightenment.

Dalva (Zelda Samson) is a 12-year-old girl who dresses like an adult woman, puts on make-up and does not expect to behave like a child. She is terrified when she is taken away from her father and taken to a temporary facility for troubled teenagers. She becomes even more frustrated when she learns that her father has been arrested. Gradually, it turns out that Dalva believes that the “love” she showed him is completely normal – she’s hidden from the world and immersed in a relationship she thought was consensual.

Again, this is a complex area but Nicot shows great sympathy for the child’s confusion. This is effectively a girl who has been brainwashed. Much depends on Samson’s performance, and he delivers crowds within a sturdy mini-adult to a fragile young woman. While no abuse is visually portrayed, there are some tragic scenes that reveal much more than dialogue, from the way Dalva dresses to meet her father in prison, to the way he treats his young worker, Jaden (Alexis Manenti).

Jaden is a terrifying character: a dirty no-nonsense type branded “Terminator” by some kids, yet apparently a caring and capable person trying to fix Dalva. Another sensitive relationship develops with Dalver roommate Samia (Fanta Guirasi), whose mother is a prostitute. The fact that Samia was an enemy in the beginning is a clear sign that the pair will eventually be bound: it is not afraid of emotion, but it is on the right, recalls Short-term 12 As it follows the trials and tribulations of convenience.

Since Dalva unpacks the expectations imposed on her, it has something to say about gender and patriarchy as well as abuse. Her father’s own psychological complexity is slowly revealed, in all its horrors. Dalva Not always a simple watch, but a rewarding and thought-provoking one that identifies Nicot as a promising genius.

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