1905: When Bruno Reidal (Dimitri Doré), a young seminary student, confesses to the brutal murder of a 13-year-old, three doctors are tasked with determining whether or not he’s insane. At a moment when the separation of church and state has just been legally codified in France, determining the motivations of a future member of the Catholic Church proves especially tricky. Under the supervision of Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne (Jean-Luc Vincent), Bruno is tasked with writing his memoirs to help the committee make their decision. Working from the real Reidal’s lucid, extraordinarily detached, and analytical volume, Vincent Le Port’s feature debut is a chilly, unnerving, and existentially charged portrait of a sexually driven killer within a religious milieu.
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