In Your Hands (Contre Toi)

2010

In Your Hands (Contre Toi) (2010)

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An act of revenge takes an unexpected turn in this psychological drama from French writer and director Lola Doillon. Anna (Kristin Scott Thomas) flees a house on the outskirts of Paris and returns home, careful to tell no one where she's been or what she's been doing. The next day, after an ordinary day of work as an OB-GYN, Anna stops at a police station and reports that she had been kidnapped. Years before, she has performed a cesarean section on a woman who did not survive, and the patient's Yann (Pio Marmai), driven mad by grief, abducted Anna and intended to punish her for the death of his wife and child. However, after spending several days together in Yann's basement, he and Anna discovered their contempt for one another was giving way to more complex emotions, which complicate both of their senses of justice. Contre Toi (aka In Your Hands) was an official selection at the 2010 BFI London Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for In Your Hands (Contre Toi)

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In Your Hands showcases of one of this country's most remarkable screen performers, a vividly intelligent presence - but it does not quite work.

Aug 15, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The result is disappointing, though not as much as the fact that we never see Scott Thomas in juicy roles like this in Britain.

Aug 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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In Your Hands shows signs of a directorial talent struggling with mundane, mediocre subject matter -- with luck, [director Lola Doillon's] next outing will be more impactful.

Jan 29, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 15, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Scott Thomas rules the roost if we're looking at inner burn, at the fury that always seems to be snacking on her marrow.

Aug 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A short but insightful exploration of inverse Stockholm syndrome, loneliness and loss.

Aug 15, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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