In Your Hands (Contre Toi) Reviews

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express
August 15, 2012
Scott Thomas and Marmai are both fine in a film that could almost be a theatrical two-hander but the plot just doesn't hold water.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
August 15, 2012
Scott Thomas rules the roost if we're looking at inner burn, at the fury that always seems to be snacking on her marrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
August 15, 2012
A short but insightful exploration of inverse Stockholm syndrome, loneliness and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 15, 2012
In Your Hands showcases of one of this country's most remarkable screen performers, a vividly intelligent presence - but it does not quite work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emma Dibdin
Little White Lies
August 15, 2012
Kristin Scott Thomas impresses, but the third act turns everything to mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 15, 2012
The end is abrupt and not entirely satisfactory, but it's a convincingly performed and constantly intriguing film.
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
August 15, 2012
The film generates some interest by fragmenting the narrative structure but it's really a potboiler without much heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
August 15, 2012
The two leads deliver powerful performances and as their relationship develops, the film asks intelligent questions about loneliness, anger and revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Hannah McGill
The List
August 15, 2012
With performers less compelling than Kristin Scott Thomas and Pio Marmaļ, it could have turned out both drab and offensive - but their joint commitment to their flawed, edgy characters creates a fierce momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
August 15, 2012
The result is disappointing, though not as much as the fact that we never see Scott Thomas in juicy roles like this in Britain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
August 15, 2012
At a taut 81 mins, this crisply shot two-hander is further proof of how modern French cinema consistently allows Scott Thomas opportunities to excel in psychologically challenging roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 15, 2012
In Your Hands is an intriguing, emotionally complex drama with a terrific central performance from Kristin Scott Thomas, but it's also frustratingly slow in the middle section and it's difficult to engage with the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
August 15, 2012
Despite the downbeat mood, the lack of outdoor life and few chances to meet everyday ordinary people, there's an honesty about Thomas's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
July 20, 2012
Psychological thriller In Your Hands finds Kristin Scott Thomas in typically excellent form, but the film itself, a claustrophobic two-hander, doesn't do her justice.
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
February 10, 2011
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