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In Your Hands [Contre Toi] Review


Very Good
Subtle and involving, this dark drama maintains a fierce sense of perspective that never allows any side-plots to distract us. For us and for the central character, the situation is all-consuming, haunting and deeply perplexing.

After her last day at work before going on holiday, maternity doctor Anna (Scott Thomas) returns home to find a man waiting for her. Yann (Marmai) kidnaps her and locks her in a barren room, giving her enough information to figure out why he has her. But she has no idea what he's going to do next. And it seems like he doesn't either, especially as his cruelty shifts into compassion. So when one day she finds the door unlocked, she's not sure if she should report him to the police.

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Delicacy Review


Good
This light-handed French film uses comedy, drama, tragedy and romance to tell a remarkably engaging story. The approach to the story is a bit off-centre, but it's the kind of film that surprises us all the way through and then leaves us with a smile on our faces.

Nathalie (Tautou) has a perfect life with her childhood sweetheart Francois (Marmai). And with a new job and a decision to start a family, the future looks bright. So when Francois dies in a sudden accident, Nathalie throws herself into work to cope. Three years later, while fending off the advances of her lecherous boss (Todeschini), she inexplicably kisses dorky coworker Markus (Damiens). And without really trying, they embark on a tentative, unexpected relationship.

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The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life [Le Premier Jour Du Reste De Ta Vie] Review


Essential
This exquisitely made French drama traces the life of a family through five key days over 12 years. It's a joy to watch, with vibrant characters, inventive direction and an emotional resonance that's both provocative and deeply moving.

In 1988, Robert and Marie-Jeanne (Gamblin and Breitman) are coming to terms with the fact that their eldest son Albert (Marmai) is moving into his own flat as middle son Raph (Grondin) turns 18. Over the years we also revisit them as rebellious daughter Fleur (Francois) turns 16 and follow relationships with various boys and girls as well as Robert's wine-loving father (Dumas). The family bond is strained and tested, including at least one ongoing feud, and yet there's an irresistible, indefinable connection, and a sense that they are discovering life together.

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In Your Hands [Contre Toi] Movie Review

In Your Hands [Contre Toi] Movie Review

Subtle and involving, this dark drama maintains a fierce sense of perspective that never allows...

Delicacy Movie Review

Delicacy Movie Review

This light-handed French film uses comedy, drama, tragedy and romance to tell a remarkably engaging...

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