Viktoria (30) is a celebrated psychologist. As a perfectionist she lives a pathologically controlled life. She is newly hired at a psychiatric ward for young women. Jenny is a violent and highly intelligent 18 year old punk with a death wish. Knowing that Jenny has been a suicide risk her whole life Viktoria blindly accepts the challenge to help Jenny, ultimately ending up putting her own sanity at risk. Through an intense psychological war the two women form a complicated and intimate bond. A hidden secret of Viktoria’s surfaces – she has been strangling herself since she was a child. When Jenny is moved to the closed ward Viktoria must face her painful past alone – in this dark abyss she realises that she must sacrifice herself to save Jenny from a life time in the ward. Viktoria ends up threatening to kill Jenny by strangulation. In this moment Jenny realises she wants to live, but for Viktoria there is no way back. She runs away – into the sea – walking on water like a female Jesus.
Directed and Written by: Marie Grahtø
Producer: Amalie Lyngbo Quist
Executive Producer: Peter Hyldahl
Production Company: Beofilm
Supported by: Nordisk Film TV Fund, New Danish Screen DFI, Creative Europe
Status: In development
Teenage Jesus has been selected for Cinemart and Torino Film Labs Script & Pitch programme 2016.