Donne-moi la main (Give Me Your Hand) (2009)

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A pair of twins hitchhiking to their mother's funeral in Spain find their innocent journey taking an unexpectedly ominous turn as feelings of loathing, rivalry, and intimacy boil to the surface in director Pascal-Alex Vincent's melancholy drama.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Studio:
Strand Releasing

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Cast

Fernando Ramallo
as Le Jeune Espagnol
Anaïs Demoustier
as Clémentine
Victor Carril
as Quentin
Katrin Sass
as La Femme du Train
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Critic Reviews for Donne-moi la main (Give Me Your Hand)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

The Carrils are so inexpressive and the script so sketchy that we never have much of a stake in figuring it out.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

What's refreshing about Pascal-Alex Vincent's dramatically thin but richly atmospheric feature debut is that it recognizes the essential truth of the conceit: all seminal voyages are journeys of heightened awareness, as visceral as they are emotional.

Full Review… | September 8, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

It's usually a dangerous sign when a director casting about for an idea gets fascinated by twins.

Full Review… | September 8, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

When the French are pretentious, the word gets a whole new meaning.

April 22, 2010
London Evening Standard

With its meandering, unfocussed narrative, this sometimes feels more like beautiful moving wallpaper than an actual film. But even without much plot, it's a fascinating exploration of identity.

Full Review… | April 22, 2010
Shadows on the Wall

An award-winner for his short films, Vincent makes the stretch to feature length comfortably enough, even if his meditation on the limits of brotherly love does allow its imagery of wild European landscapes to do more of the talking...

Full Review… | April 21, 2010
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Donne-moi la main (Give Me Your Hand)

½

Ethereal French road movie about 2 twins travelling through France to Spain by any means necessary to get to the funeral of the mother they have never met. It's basically a tale of a fraternal relationship. There isn't much story. The journey is punctuated with sexual encounters and some rather physical fights between the two brothers. There is a character arc here...kind of, but it is clumsily done. It's very well shot, but there isn't anything memorable and the end of the film is an inelegant finish.

Graham Beilby
Graham Beilby
½

Something interesting smolders here, unfortunately at the same low intensity throughout and never caught fire. The young mens' expressions seen on the movie poster, is the same through most of the movie. It is intriguing how the actor's staid faces express different things but the illusion became boring well before the final act. Love-Hate relationships, competition of equals and struggle for independence are compelling themes. This film is lovely exhibition and sparse dialogue which can make great film. Terrence Malick and Gus Van Sant use it well and Marco Berger's wonderful Plan B employs it adeptly. I was unable to make connections from the imagery and nuanced dialogue is missing. Characters and sex are used as plot devices senselessly and abruptly entering then exiting the story. A clever animated opening is employed, yet events through the second act seem disconnected from the intent of the first. Although the film is not about sexuality, it's a plot device. There is an interesting use of alternative sexuality. During that scene, one brother spies the other in a same sex encounter which is the most romantic tryst of the film. The outcome is unclear, is the spying brother jealous, angry, confused? It's not clear. None the less, he's not well about it and the intent of the stunt he pulls is not clear. Is it revenge, punishment, a cruel joke or the stated intention at face value? It's cruel and seems unlikely as does the entire third act of the film until the final scenes. Visually the movie is luscious; scenes are artistically framed and the camera loved the two leads and the countryside used. I don't mind a slow pace as long as the story is propelled forward in a way that interests me. If only this story had clearer intent and nuance in tone. I would say the film is lovely and intriguing, but uninteresting and monotonous. Still there's a lot of talent here.

Ronnie Culpepper
Ronnie Culpepper

Not to the taste of most Americans, this is a beautifully filmed contemplation on the nature of brotherhood and the effect of discovered secrets in the relationship of a pair of twins on a road trip to attend the funeral of the mother they've never known. The boys clearly feel strongly for each other but have trouble dealing with some of the events that occur on the road to Spain.

Chris Oakleaf
Chris Oakleaf

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