This thriller is based on a script by Hugo Claus, who reworked his own short story. Leading character is Thomas (13), who sees how a new man receives his mother's affection after his father's decease and who also falls in love himself for the first time. In his pocket, the tense boy carries a stolen oriental knife that he uses symbolically as a weapon against his mother's detested friend, his girlfriend and later even against his mother. The film was nominated for a Golden Palm in Cannes.
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