Couple in a Hole

Couple in a Hole

Tom Geens (2015)

12A Certificate


Our Score
This unusual drama is a study of grief and loss. Set in a French forest, it tells the story of John (Paul Higgins) and Karen (Kate Dickie), a married couple who are living in a small cave. Having suffered a tragedy in their recent past, they are now shunning the outside world, avoiding human contact and living in isolation. But when Karen is bitten by a spider, John ventures to the nearest village, where he is aided by a local farmer (Jérôme Kircher). Unbeknown to Karen, a friendship gradually develops between these two men, and here is where this drama is at its best. Some viewers won't be able to accept the film's basic premise, given that it is somewhat bizarre. But Higgins and Dickie are superb as they combine to help create a haunting, downbeat film about two people who have been consumed by sorrow.


A couple choose to live in a cave in the woods, surviving by hunting rabbits and feeding on insects. When the wife is bitten by a poisonous spider, they are forced to reconnect with the outside world and turn to a farmer for help, who takes a suspicious interest in their reasons for renouncing civilisation. Drama, starring Paul Higgins and Kate Dickie.

Cast & Crew

John Paul Higgins
Karen Kate Dickie
André Jérôme Kircher
Céline Corinne Masiero
Director Tom Geens

Other Information

Language: English, French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: VerveGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 8 Apr 2016