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Rapt (2011)



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Lucas Belvaux's Rapt is good, nasty fun: a Chabrolian crime thriller based on the actual 1978 kidnapping of a French-Belgian executive whose harrowing 9-week experience at the hands of a criminal band is, ultimately, less life-threatening to him than the details of his scandalous life which the tabloids uncover in the course of these events. Yvan Attal stars as a wildly attractive business man and political mover and shaker who hops effortlessly from one chauffeured Mercedes to another as he trades board rooms for bedrooms. A thoroughly harrowing kidnapping finds him handcuffed, abused, terrified, unshaven, hungry and in need of 50 million euros. His picture-perfect Parisian wife, two svelte teenage daughters and elegant grand-dame maman are left to consider just how much his life and liberté are worth to them. -- (C) Lorbermore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Lucas Belvaux
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 6, 2011
Box Office: $45.7k
Lorber Films - Official Site

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Yvan Attal
as Stanislas Graff
Anne Consigny
as Françoise Graff
André Marcon
as Andre Peyrac
Michel Voïta
as Commissioner Paoli
Gerard Meylan
as Le Marseillais
Christophe Kourotchk...
as Jean-Jacques Garnier
Marc Rioufol
as Commander Chenut
Tania Torrens
as Madame Keller
Sarah Messens
as Veronique
Julia Kaye
as Martine
Bertrand Constant
as Captain Verre
Richard Sammut
as Lieutenant Grazziani
Elef Zack
as Le Chatelain
Nicolas Pignon
as Prefect of Police
Olivier Ythier
as Montrouveau
Philippe Toussaint
as La Chassagne
Swan Scalabre
as Graff's Mistress
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Critic Reviews for Rapt

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (12)

"Rapt'' is smooth, cool, and efficient. It's a movie with very little wasted motion - or, for much of its length, wasted emotion.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

What lends "Rapt" its fascination is that it represents such a dramatic fall from grace for its hero.

Full Review… | September 1, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

"Rapt" fuses strands of dramatic tension in a shrewd enough way that it even saves its sharpest cuts for the kidnapping's aftermath, when a well-heeled life laid bare must reconcile with a much different form of enforced solitude.

Full Review… | August 11, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

What distinguishes "Rapt" from other kidnapping movies is that, virtually as soon as he is abducted, details of his life start coming out.

Full Review… | July 21, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Both a compelling character study and a handsomely mounted procedural, at various times suggesting Hitchcock, his French acolyte Claude Chabrol, the sadistic TV series "24" and the action movies of Michael Mann.

Full Review… | July 9, 2011
Top Critic

While the back-and-forth between various parties grows tiresome through repetition, Rapt rallies with a lengthy epilogue in which the aftermath of Attal's ordeal proves more draining than the physical privation that preceded it.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rapt

A wealthy businessman is kidnapped, his finger cut off, but when his private life becomes public, the kidnapping is the least of his problems.
Yvan Attal, so brilliant in the romantic comedy My Wife Is an Actress, delivers a tour de force performance in this gritty thriller. As Stansilas Graff, Attal is at turns desperate, despairing, and valorous, revolting against the cards life has dealt him.
The film becomes a morality tale. Too often kidnapping films become procedurals, but this film makes us wonder if the character isn't better off in captivity. As a result of Graff's affairs, gambling habits, and loose business practices, when his life is threatened, those closest to him wonder if he's worth saving, which is a question that almost no other kidnapping film asks.
I didn't like the ending because there was still much that wasn't resolved. It's a problem of the film's focus: too much attention is paid to the demonization of the kidnappers that we need to see something else happen with this conflict by the end of the film even though the film tries to distract our attention from these characters.
Overall, Attal must be one of France's premiere actors because I haven't seen anything but good work from him.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


I actually found this movie interesting, but I took a 1/2 star away for the ending. I don't care for unclear endings, and this movie most definitely has one of those. However, the rest of the movie (even though more than 2hrs long) makes up for it. The acting is excellent, and the story line intriguing...in spite of the unlikeable main character.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Odd French kidnap drama in that little is resolved in the end but it scores credit for making the kidnapee so morally corrupt and unlikeable. Also, the kidnap and money drops are well handled. Doesn't really do anything wrong but feels forgettable.

Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

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