Institute History


At the end of the 19th century a young man, Julien, is hired by an aristocratic couple in the South of France to tutor their 12 year old son, Morgan.

Julien forges a deep friendship with his exceptionally gifted pupil, but he discovers that the family leads a sham existence characterized by a devotion to keeping up appearances, whereas they are in fact completely broke and forced to constantly move house.

Julien will never be paid for his services. However, the more the tutor and pupil develop their relationship, the less Julien sees money as a motivation. He is fascinated by this child, but discovers that this child prodigy's family is counting on this fascination to get rid of their dangerous offspring.


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