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) Lorber
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Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Yvan Attal
as Stanislas Graff
Anne Consigny
as Françoise Graff
André Marcon
as Andre Peyrac
Francoise Fabian
as Marjorie
Alex Descas
as Walser
Michel Voïta
as Commissioner Paoli
Gerard Meylan
as Le Marseillais
Christophe Kourotchkine
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 (31) | Top Critics (11)

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Variety
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"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
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What lends "Rapt" its fascination is that it represents such a dramatic fall from grace for its hero.

Full Review… | August 31, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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"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
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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
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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.

July 9, 2011
Salon.com
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Audience Reviews for Rapt

In "Rapt," Stanislas Graff(Yvan Attal) is an industrialist who dines with politicians before rushing off to spend some quality time with his mistress. Despite his busy schedule, he tries to also spend as much time with his family as he can before moving on to a high stakes poker game where he loses 50,000 euros. The high speend of his life might have explained his driver not seeing the cyclist, except for the fact that it is all a set-up for an abduction carried out with military precision. What the kidnappers want is 50 million and cut off one of his fingers to say they mean business. The bad news is the most Stanislas' family and associates can come up with is 20 million. To its credit, "Rapt" has some timely quotes about late model capitalism and takes little time to establish its plot, keeping things moving throughout, even as it is not quite as adept at keeping track of time. So while this procedural where everybody has their own interests to look after including the cops is methodical to the hilt, it can be too much so, leading it to be on the cold and calculating side of the equation, robbing the movie of much needed tension and suspense, except in a couple of key spots. But the idea of somebody not being in total control for once and in danger of letting his life spiral out of control is a good one, even if his secrets don't run any deeper than adultery and gambling. The main lessons here are to never believe everything you read in the tabloids and to always know who your true friends are.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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