Where Hands Touch

2018, Romance/Drama, 2h 2m

49 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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Where Hands Touch is noteworthy for its exploration of a little-discussed corner of World War II, even if its story leaves something to be desired in the telling. Read critic reviews

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In 1944, a 15-year-old girl, daughter of a white German mother and a black African father, meets a member of the Hitler Youth. They become bound by the realization of the horrors being committed around them.

Cast & Crew

Tom Sweet
Tom Goodman-Hill
Wihelm Warner
Amma Asante
Screenwriter
Christian Eisenbeiss
Executive Producer
Phil Hunt
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Nadia Khamlichi
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Steve Milne
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Robert Norris
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Remi Adefarasin
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Steve Singleton
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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (28)

  • I found myself looking at it and liking certain parts, but I didn't get emotionally swept up...but it great that the film happened, in itself there's a sense of relief and triumph there...

    May 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's a fascinating take on the horrors of World War II and one that confirms [Amandla] Stenberg as one of the most accomplished rising stars of her generation.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If Asante's idea is that Nazi ideology poisoned bright young minds into viewing their fellow citizens as less than human, the lovey-dovey bond she's pushing as the main event seems even more implausible.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film gives us elements of melodrama and also of epic - yet there is also something a little uncomfortable about it.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Where Hands Touch is ultimately let down by a deeply contrived narrative and tone-deaf melodramatic style which only serves to diminish the importance and urgency of the real life stories behind Assante's screenplay.

    May 9, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • While Asante's earlier films were grounded in reality and successfully linked the problems facing their protagonists to contemporary aspects of racism, Where Hands Touch seems unduly contrived.

    March 29, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • I found myself looking at it and liking certain parts, but I didn't get emotionally swept up...but it great that the film happened, in itself there's a sense of relief and triumph there...

    May 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's a fascinating take on the horrors of World War II and one that confirms [Amandla] Stenberg as one of the most accomplished rising stars of her generation.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If Asante's idea is that Nazi ideology poisoned bright young minds into viewing their fellow citizens as less than human, the lovey-dovey bond she's pushing as the main event seems even more implausible.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film gives us elements of melodrama and also of epic - yet there is also something a little uncomfortable about it.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Where Hands Touch still manages to be a well-acted historical drama that depicts World War II from a different point of view. It also retains the same theme of finding your identity that Amma Asante has demonstrated in her previous work.

    October 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It is Leyna's relationship with her mother (and her own identity) that is perhaps the most moving aspect of the film. Amandla Stenberg gives a fantastic performance here as a young woman who is struggling to find her place in the world.

    July 2, 2020 | Full Review…

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