A compelling though stagey Dutch film shot in New York with English-speaking actors. Based on a real-life 1980 incident, DESIREE tells the story of a black woman who loses her mind and believes her infant child to be possessed, leading her to burn it alive in her oven. As the woman,
Rolle wanders around town taking care of an imaginary baby. Only through flashbacks do we learn of the incidents that lead up to the horrific act. Mothered by a domineering woman and numerous "uncles," Rolle eventually turns to a religious sect known as the True Confessors. The sect's rules are
rigid, and when Rolle becomes pregnant she is excommunicated. Her life takes a downhill slide...