After her abusive father is arrested,12-year-old Dalva is taken into care. Acting more like an adult than a child, her social workers and new roommates find it difficult to connect with Dalva. Gradually with their help, she accepts that her relationship with her father was not normal, allowing her to experience the joys of childhood she was previously denied.
Tackling difficult subject matter with the utmost care and sensitivity, Love According to Dalva is a remarkable film about one young girl’s journey as she emerges from the most horrific situation. Writer / director Emmanuelle Nicot has made an exceptional and assured debut - a compassionate exploration of hope and recovery. Young Zelda Samson excels in an extraordinarily challenging lead role.
Festivals & awards:
Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week, 2022 - winner of Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award (Zelda Samson) and FIPRESCI Prize
Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 2022 - Special Jury Prize for Best Actress (Zelda Samson)
‘Made with painstaking care and sensitivity’★★★★ The Guardian
‘This assured French-language debut from director Emmanuelle Nicot negotiates its disturbing subject matter with delicacy, sensitivity and honesty. In the central role, the magnetic Samson is a revelation.’★★★★ The Observer
‘Handled with delicacy and bravery, Nicot has crafted a powerful anatomy of the imprint of sexual abuse’Little White Lies