A woman cautiously emerges from a decrepit house – cold, scared and alone. Returning to her daily routine, she tells her friends and colleagues she has been on holiday, that everything is all right. But she harbours a dark, disturbing secret that she doesn't intend to share - until the tension builds, finally forcing her to reveal the shocking truth... An intense and claustrophobic erotic thriller, this breathtaking story of a passionate yet treacherous relationship between a victim (Kristin Scott Thomas) and her mysterious aggressor is a tour de force of tension, intrigue and shocking revelations.
Exccellent acting by Kristin Scott Thomas - but a mildly disappointing film
- In Your Hands review by RP
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It's in French, with subtitles - and the dialogue is so sparse that I could follow it even with my limited French...
The film tells the story of a woman doctor who bungles a routine operation on a man's wife, and who then kidnaps her in revenge. A relationship develops between captive and captor (Google "Stockholm Syndrome") which only strengthens after her escape. She stalks him, then betrays him.
The disappointing things:
- The story is quite slight and can't seem to make up its mind where it's going
- The 'twist' at the end is telegraphed well in advance as issues about trust are explored
- The captor is just too handsome for his own good - it's pretty obvious what's going to happen
- The captor is named Ochberg - the name of the renowned psychiatrist who first defined the emotional attachment of captives to their captors. This is a bit lazy, even silly.
The better things:
- It's only 77 min long
- Kristin Scott Thomas is an excellent actress (with an excellent command of French) and her role as a doctor who has devoted almost everything to the pursuit of her career gives a strong background to the character she plays.
I enjoyed it, but found it mildly disappointing. 3/5 stars.