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In Your Hands review

A tale of revenge. Or as they say in France, une histoire de vengeance.

“You ruined my life and now I’ll destroy yours,” vows hostage-taker Yann (Pio Marmai) to his terrified victim Anna (Kristin Scott Thomas), the Parisian surgeon who performed a fatal Caesarean on her abductor’s wife.

Unfolding in non-linear fashion, writer/director Lola Doillon’s claustrophobic drama explores the Stockholm Syndrome-style relationship that builds between her two leads.

At a taut 81 mins, this crisply shot two-hander is further proof of how modern French cinema consistently allows Scott Thomas opportunities to excel in psychologically challenging roles.

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