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A 12-year-old girl, Dalva, lives like a woman until she's taken away and discovers a new life.


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Striking feature-length debut from Belgian filmmaker Emmanuelle Nicot, awarded at international festivals such as Cannes, Rotterdam and São Paulo. 'Dalva' tells the story of Dalva (Zelda Samson), a 12 year old girl who acts and dresses like an adult until one day she is taken away by social workers and starts discovering what a normal life for a girl her age really looks like. Unveiling a devastating truth little by little, Nicot manages to find hope and joy, helped by a powerful performance from young Samson.



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Dalva is 12, but she dresses and lives like a woman. One day, she's taken away from her house. Dumbfounded at first, she later meets Jayden, a social worker, and Samia, a teen with a temper. A new life seems to start for Dalva.

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