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Love According to Dalva


Emmanuelle Nicot | 2022 | 83 MINS
France/Belgium | Subtitles
International Panorama: France

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.

In Detail

Dalva, 12, lives alone with her father. One evening, the police storms into their home and takes her into foster care.

As Dalva befriends her new roommate Samia and social worker Jayden, she gradually comes to understand that the love she shared with her father was not what she thought. With their help, Dalva will learn to become a child again. In this poignant debut feature, Emmanuelle Nicot explores the ramifications of abuse with deep sensibility and uncompromising grace, in a hopeful journey to recovery. It tells respectfully and clearly about a difficult subject, and all pitfalls are avoided.

No easy lynch mobbing, no unpalatable sensationalism.

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