In Your Hands is a gritty, emotive, captivating thriller exploring the complicated relationship between a hostage and her kidnapper. Packed full of sexual tension, lust, wanting, isolation and fear this drama definitely has it all.
The film starts in a state of panic and anxiety as Anna Cooper (Kristin Scott Thomas), rushes into her apartment, jumping at the slightest sound. After a troubled sleep Anna goes to the police station to recount her ordeal, in the form of a flashback. There is a certain amount of mystery as to why Anna has been taken captive, which is slowly unravelled during the conversations which take place in the grotty oppressive room where Anna is kept captive. Far from predictable, this story moves in a slow and intriguing way, revealing in drips the complexities of the main characters.
Kristin Scott Thomas gives a triumphant performance as a strong, career driven surgeon, dealing with issues of loneliness. Not fitting in with the stereotypical view of a hostage, Anna Cooper shows little fear and remains headstrong throughout her captivity. Yann, (Pio Marmai) is an interesting character, full of worry, revenge and sadness. He is the supposed villain of the story but we sympathise with his circumstances and his misery and isolation. Yann struggles with his feelings for his victim. After a violent beginning he softens towards her and becomes unsure how to proceed. We see a softer side to Yann as he shows compassion trying to cook decent meals for Anna (and after that fails, he orders in pizza).
This is a complex story which pulls on your heartstrings as you’re torn in deciding which character to root for, and what outcome you want. It’s full of surprising twists and turns and an unexpected ending. Lola Doillon writes and directs a wonderfully powerful thriller. Truly recommended if you want a change from the big Hollywood blockbusters.
Gemma Callaghan (DI Reviewer), 30/07/12
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