CRY WOLF is the intense and emotional story of a teenage girl who has written a vivid school essay detailing her stepfather’s violent behavior. The parents deny the accusations, but who is lying – and who is telling the truth?
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CRY WOLF is the intense and emotional story of a teenage girl who has written a vivid school essay detailing her stepfather’s violent behavior. The parents deny the accusations, but who is lying – and who is telling the truth? 14-year-old Holly’s family is torn apart by her school essay detailing violence in the home. Dedicated social worker Lars is assigned to the case. Convinced by Holly’s story, he places Holly and her seven-year-old brother, Theo, in foster care. However, when central family members – including Holly’s stepfather – claim that the essay is nothing more than teenage rebellion, Lars’s sense of certainty begins to fray at the edges. Holly’s parents launch a full-scale legal attack against Lars and their own daughter. Meanwhile, video footage of Lars performing a heavy-handed social services operation is shared on social media, turning private misery into public outrage. In a sudden role reversal, Lars quickly finds himself on the receiving end of negative publicity. Scrambling to rebuild his case before the final court ruling – with or without the help of a remorseful Holly – several central questions remain: Are children always to be trusted? How much emotional turmoil can one family take? And who is really telling the truth?
Pernille Fischer Christensen, May El-Toukhy, Samanou Sahlstrøm
Maja Jul Larsen
Bjarne Henriksen, Peter Plauborg, Christine Albeck Børge
8 x 58 min.
Awards & festivals
Cry wolf at festivals
- Offiical Competition, Series Mania, 2020
- Berlinale Co-production market, 2019