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Suspense film starring two Oscar-winning actresses to hit mainland theaters

By Xu Fan | | Updated: 2024-05-23 10:39
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Mothers' Instinct, a psychological thriller starring Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway (right). [Photo provided to China Daily]

China Film Group Corporation has acquired the rights to showcase the psychological thriller Mothers' Instinct, featuring acclaimed actresses Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, in domestic theaters starting from Friday.

Set against the backdrop of the 1960s, the film delves into the seemingly flawless lives of two neighboring housewives, their successful spouses, and young sons of the same age in an idealistic suburban setting. However, a tragic accident involving one family's young boy shatters the harmony, leading to suspicions and conflicts that unravel the once-strong bond between the friends, plunging them into a gripping narrative of darkness and intrigue.

Ahead of its official release, the movie offered a sneak preview screening in Beijing, where French director Benoit Delhomme engaged with the Chinese audience in an online discussion, sharing his insights and creative vision.

Jessica Chastain, an Oscar-winning Best Actress, portrays a mother in the upcoming film Mothers' Instinct. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Reflecting on the genesis of the film, Delhomme revealed his quest for a narrative that was modest in scale, focusing on a simple storyline with a limited cast of characters, which ultimately evolved into the compelling tale of Mothers' Instinct.

Born in Paris during the 1960s, the director expressed a deep personal connection to that era, finding solace in re-creating the period and drawing inspiration from his own childhood memories with his mother.

Renowned film critic Yu Yaqin, present at the screening, lauded the film for its potent dramatic impact, noting its ability to immerse viewers in the characters' emotional journeys and resonate with the challenges they face, underscoring the film's ability to captivate audiences with its powerful storytelling.

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