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Tabula Rasa

Veerle Baetens (Broke Circle Breakdown) stars in this suspenseful eight-part Belgian thriller about a young woman with amnesia who holds the key to solving a mysterious disappearance, but the more she remembers the less she trusts the people around her or herself. 

What do you do if you can’t trust anyone, least of all yourself?

"Tabula Rasa" is a psychological thriller about Mie, a young woman with amnesia who is locked up in a secure psychiatric hospital. Mie is visited by Detective Inspector Wolkers who claims she was the last person seen with a man named Thomas Spectre, before he vanished. As a witness and prime suspect, she appears to be the sole key in this mysterious disappearance. Mie can’t be released from the hospital until Thomas is found.

In order to solve the puzzle and find Thomas, Mie has to reconstruct her lost memories and find her way back through the dark labyrinth of her recent past.

The more she remembers, the more she starts to mistrust not only the people around her, but also herself.

Are these recollections real or mere figments of her imagination in a desperate attempt to fill in the blanks?

"Tabula Rasa" is a subjective story told by an unreliable narrator: our main character, Mie, is suffering from amnesia. The viewer knows as much or as little as she does. We follow her on a journey into the black holes of her mind. Two storylines are woven together in flashbacks.

The present storyline starts with the winter weeks that Mie spends in the psychiatric hospital, where visits from DI Wolkers and her family members start triggering her memories. The past storyline recounts Mie’s memories in chronological order, starting in autumn with the move to her grandparents’ house in the forest, and ending with the disappearance of Thomas Spectre, just before her committal to the psychiatric hospital.


9 × 50′
Produced by
Caviar Film
Veerle Baetens, Stijn Van Opstal, Jeroen Perceval, Gene Bervoets, Natali Broods, Hilde Van Mieghem, Peter Van Den Begin, François Beukelaers, Lynn Van Royen, Tom Audenaert
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