Drama | 2019 | 104 min | Rating: R16 | France | Dir: Lucie Borleteau | Cast: Karin Viard, Leïla Bekhti, and Antoine Reinartz

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 has made the hard decision to return to her work as a lawyer. Despite her husband remaining unconvinced, Myriam decides that a nanny is the solution to their problems.

Almost instantly becoming a member of the family, Louise (Karin Viard) 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.


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