Mona (Olivia Landuyt) is nine years old when her mother dies in a car accident. Her father Vincent (Tom Vermeir) soon gets a new partner, Marie (Wine Dierickx), who becomes a very needy stepmother to the at-sea Mona. The child feels responsible and does everything she can to make a difficult situation work for all, at great personal cost. Even as an adult, Mona (now played by the excellent Tanya Zabarylo) does her utmost to make everyone happy. When it becomes obvious to her that the world is filled with inflated egos and self-satisfied narcissists, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands… Coming from documentary backgrounds, co-directors Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels Van Koevorden give this moving drama an ultra-realistic feel that brings Mona’s world to life with a rare freshness and exactitude.
‘Very Flemish, very recognizable, very painful. The filmmakers aim their untamed camera at glances and reactions, without looking for aesthetically pleasing framing or sophisticated staging. The viewer becomes an extra presence in the middle of the action… The amazingly casual acting style of the entire (Flemish) cast takes this Dutch production to a higher level…’—Sven De Schutter, Kutfilm