Christmas 2012, Édouard meets Reda, a young and good looking Kabyle. He invites him home and they spend a passionate night. Then the tryst becomes a nightmare. Reda turns violent, attacks Édouard, rapes him and tries to strangle him.
Thomas Ostermeier, director of the Schaubühne in Berlin, has taken Édouard Louis’ second autobiographical novel and collaborating with the author, has adapted the text for theatre. He has maintained the literary mechanisms of the book and has highlighted them by projecting images captured on the actors’ mobile telephones onto the almost completely bare set which serves as apartment, hospital, police station, street, and Édouard’s sister’s apartment. Thus the director visually translates the essential subjects of the book: outpourings of rage and suffering; violence and societal homophobia; racism experienced by Reda: all together the roots of evil.