DRAMA , THRILLER / FRANCE / 2019 / 110 MINS / MA15+
A taut thriller built around the leap of faith it takes to invite a stranger into your home to care for your children, The Perfect Nanny is every parent’s nightmare. Adapted for the screen from Leïla Slimani’s Goncourt Prizewinning blockbuster 2016 novel of the same name, director Lucie Borleteau leads an electrifying narrative around family, motherhood and trust.
After spending many years as the primary carer of her two young children, Myriam (Leïla Bekhti, also in I’ll Go Where You Go at this year’s Festival) has made the hard decision to return to her work as a lawyer. Despite her husband Paul (Antoine Reinartz, who stars in this year’s Festival films, Alice and the Mayor, School Life and Oh Mercy!) remaining unconvinced, Myriam decides that a nanny is the solution to their problems.
Almost instantly becoming a member of the family, Louise (Karin Viard, AF FFF19, Kiss and Tell; AF FFF18, Jealous) seems too good to be true. As events unravel, that might just be the case.
Playing an unusually dark role, so passionate was Karin Viard about the character of Louise that she acquired the rights to Slimani’s novel herself. Already a celebrated actress, this was the part she was born to play. Under Borleteau’s masterful direction and with a tight-knit cast as the family in crisis, it all comes together in a tense thriller like no other.
French with English subtitles.
“This film offers a true pedestal to Karin Viard who seizes with formidable mastery this role of a disturbed nanny whose mask of perfection gradually cracks”– Cineuropa
DIRECTED BY: Lucie Borleteau
STARRING: Karin Viard, Leïla Bekhti, Antoine Reinartz, Assya Da Silva, Noëlle Renaude