Jean Barreau leads a secluded life in the French countryside. He’s the leader of a spiritual commune for tormented souls, whom he promises a shot at a new life. One of the first guests is Camille, a thirtysomething who wants to start all over again. When shortly afterward, her double shows up, she knows she should take the charismatic man at his word. But then the capricious Jean starts questioning his own beliefs… With his debut EGOISTE (2015), Flemish filmmaker Jelle Stroo gave us a first sample of his talent. It did not exactly go unnoticed since it was selected for the Beijing Film Festival. His latest effort LA DEUXIEME is a sultry psychological thriller with fantasy elements. Stroo obviously is more concerned with strong performances and an organic rhythm than with special effects and other pyrotechnics.

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