“The Child”, the first feature film by Marguerite de Hillerin and Félix Dutilloy-Liégeois, is a free adaptation of “Der Findling”, a story by Heinrich von Kleist.
In the middle of the 16th century Lisbon was a cosmopolitan city, powerful as a consequence of the expansion, a power that began to collapse whilst the rigidity of an increasingly overbearing Inquisition was installed.
This is the story of Bela (João Arrais), a young man that was adopted by a wealthy couple of French-Portuguese merchants. The story takes place near Lisbon where Bela crosses paths with Rosa (Inês Pires Tavares), the love of his life; it is also where he meets Jacques (Loïc Corbery), a friend of his adopted parents, with whom he lives an eventful friendship. Meanwhile Bela tries to find his place, but a succession of uncontrollable events (caused by misunderstandings, ambiguities, jealousy…) lead to disaster.