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In Your Hands

Contre Toi

Directed by Lola Doillon

France, 2010

Cornerhouse, 21 July 2012

In Your Hands

As a thriller, the film feels rather slight.

And it’s surprising that there is little sense of peril: a woman is abducted and held prisoner, after all.  However, what’s interesting here is the relationship between Anna (played by the ever watchable Kristin Scott Thomas) and her captor.  It has a curious dynamic, and even an element of tenderness and trust, which persists even after she has been released.

Anna’s ambivalence towards her experience and the way it exposes the barren terrain of her personal life is what holds your attention – and it’s what is remarkable about the film.  She is never quite able to trust another or to be content on her own.

On the other hand, you could argue that a film where a woman is abducted and imprisoned should primarily be about a woman who is abducted and imprisoned.  Not, let’s say, about the difficulty of trust and commitment in contemporary relationships between men and women.

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