Dark Fortune

Finsteres Glück

Schedule

Friday, Nov. 9 at 12:10pm
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2:25pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Shortly after finishing her master’s thesis, child psychologist Eliane Hess (Eleni Haupt) is summoned to the hospital to help provide care for a young boy named Yves, the sole survivor of a horrendous car wreck that claimed the lives of his entire family. Yves is spared physically but carries deep psychological wounds. His remaining relatives — a feuding grandmother and aunt — fight for custody of Yves, and Eliane is asked to make a formal evaluation of the boy so that the court can determine where to place him. As she digs further into the case, Eliane discovers that Yves’ mental trauma reaches back well before the car crash to the longtime abuse of his father. As the custody battle reaches its conclusion, Eliane — who has developed a special bond with her charge — must decide what role she should play in the struggle over Yves’ fate. The Hollywood Reporter writes: “‘Dark Fortune’ reels viewers in with slow-burn suspense and psychological complexity. Haupt’s intense lead performance, a study in brittle professionalism masking deep trauma, stands out in a high-caliber cast.”

2016
114 min.
Swiss German

Directed by

Stefan Haupt

Country

Switzerland

Film Category

International Spotlight

Subject

Adoption Death and Dying Family Issues Mental Health Youth

Genre

Drama Thriller