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On the threshold of adulthood, 17-year-old Pierre becomes obsessed with his aunt Nadia (Béatrice Dalle). A flamboyant mathematician whose intellect clashes with her alcoholism and fatalistic view of life, Nadia is on a path to self-destruction. As Pierre discovers his budding sexuality, he attempts to rescue his beloved aunt from herself. Domain is a dark, sexy mediation on the intersection of two lives with very different trajectories. Featuring intelligent discourse and Hitchcockian references, filmmaker John Waters declared "you'll be left breathless by the sheer elegance of this… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Dalle] commands the screen from the first frame, when she hosts a late-night, outdoor drinking fest and babbles on about how mathematics - and not words - create order."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Chiha brings a knowledgeable weariness to his feature debut, as his story heads toward an end that feels familiar in all the right ways."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"suggests nothing so much as a Catherine Breillat joint in embryo"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"I exaggerate slightly when I say nothing ever happens."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"As a fiercely intelligent but helplessly self-destructive mathematician who's a bit too chummy with her teenage nephew, Dalle shows that, in her mid-40s, she's lost little of her dangerously feral allure."
‑ Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
"Chiha knows when the story is wobbling off the rails of credibility and leans into the turn, embracing the narrative's full-on nuttiness."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline
"You really can't hang a drama on a mathematical theory and expect it to serve as a shortcut for storytelling."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A tender, tragic love story of sorts from first-time helmer Patric Chiha."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"The ultimate drama of Domain becomes how long he can be a witness to her self-destruction."
‑ Matthew Connolly, Slant Magazine
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