Mothers' Instinct

Mothers' Instinct (French: Duelles) is a 2018 Belgian-French psychological thriller film directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse. The story is loosely based on the 2012 novel Behind the Hatred (Derrière la haine) by Barbara Abel.[2] The film was screened as a special presentation at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.[3]

Mothers' Instinct
Film poster
Directed byOlivier Masset-Depasse
Produced by
Music byFrédéric Vercheval
CinematographyHichame Alaouié
Edited byDamien Keyeux
Release date
  • 7 September 2018 (2018-09-07) (TIFF)
  • 17 April 2019 (2019-04-17) (Belgium)
Running time
97 minutes
  • Belgium
  • France
Box office$122,050[1]

It received ten nominations at the 10th Magritte Awards, winning in nine categories, including Best Film and Best Director for Masset-Depasse, holding the record for the most Magritte Awards won by a single film.[4]



Box officeEdit

Mothers' Instinct grossed $122,050 worldwide.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

The film holds a 73% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 11 critic reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10.[5]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
Golden Atlas Award[6] Best Film Nominated
Chicago International Film Festival[7] Best Film Nominated
Magritte Awards[4] Best Film Won
Best Director Olivier Masset-Depasse Won
Best Screenplay Olivier Masset-Depasse Won
Best Actress Veerle Baetens Won
Anne Coesens Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Arieh Worthalter Won
Best Cinematography Hichame Alaouié Won
Best Original Score Frédéric Vercheval Won
Best Sound Olivier Struye, Marc Bastien, Héléna Réveillère, Thomas Gauder Won
Best Editing Damien Keyeux Won
World Soundtrack Awards[8] Best Original Score Frédéric Vercheval Won


  1. ^ a b "Duelles (2019)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Masset-Depasse thriller 'Mother's Instinct' sweeps Belgium's Oscars". RFI. 2 February 2020. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  3. ^ Ide, Wendy. "'Mothers' Instinct': Toronto Review". Screen International. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b Dricot, Lucy (1 February 2020). "Découvrez le palmarès complet de la 10e cérémonie des Magritte du cinéma" (in French). RTBF. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Mothers' Instinct (Duelles) (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  6. ^ Lemercier, Fabien (8 October 2018). "The Arras Film Festival pulls out all the stops". Cineuropa. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Mothers' Instinct – Duelles". Clubix. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Best Original Score for a Belgian Production". WSA. Retrieved 12 January 2020.

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