On VOD from September 5th

Directed by Emmanualle Nicot
Starring Zelda Samson

“An astounding feat of filmmaking.” 


“First-time feature director Emmanuelle Nicot paints an achingly beautiful portrait of friendship, recovery and identity through a young girl’s childhood story.”

Little White Lies


“Handled with delicacy and bravery… Dalva is a voice for those who can’t speak out.” 

Little White Lies


“Dalva is the best drama I have seen in years, hands down.”

Screen Anarchy

Although Dalva is 12, she dresses, wears make-up and lives like a woman. One evening, she’s suddenly taken away from a father’s house. Dumbfounded and outraged at first, she later meets Jayden, a social worker, and Samia, a teen with a temper. A new life seems to start for Dalva, that of a girl her age.
Nina Hoss, Lars Eidinger and Marthe Keller in My Little Sister




Dalva isn’t always an easy watch, but it’s a rewarding and thought-provoking one that marks Nicot as a promising talent.”

Anna Smith, Deadline

“An audacious and unsettling portrait of a young girl.”

Jude Dry, Indiewire

It will be interesting to see if Nicot continues to work with younger and non-professional players, having shown such a natural aptitude for it straight off the bat.

Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

Dalva, the film, like Dalva, the character, is rebellious, full of pain, festive, tough, candid, and scandalously human.

Erick Estrada, Cinegarage

Emmanuelle Nicot’s striking debut feature, Love According to Dalva, is a sensitive exploration of the… perspective of a survivor.

Ayalet Dekel, Midnight East

Nicot’s film musters genuine pathos without resorting to cheap emotional manipulation, a wonderful and rare achievement in our current Marvel-ous age of moviegoing.

Steven Warner, In Review Online

In her sober and moving first feature film, Emmanuelle Nicot paints the portrait of a child survivor who grew up dramatically too quickly.

Aurore Engelen, Cineuropa

The Filmmaker

Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond

Emmanuelle Nicot

Born in 1985, Emmanuelle Nicot graduated from the IAD Film School (Institut des Arts et de Diffusion) in Leuven, after first studying modern literature. Her first short film, RAE, received 15 awards. In addition to directing, she works as a casting director, specializing in open casting call. Since 2013, she has worked on 6 short films and 3 feature films. 

In 2016, she directed her second short film, SNATCHED (À l’arraché), which received 17 awards. 

LOVE ACCORDING TO DALVA is her first feature film. 


2022 LOVE ACCORDING TO DALVA (Dalva) ǀ Feature, 83’ 

2016 SNATCHED (À l’arraché) ǀ Short, 23’ 

2012 RAE ǀ Short, 19’ 

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