Almost two years after In Your Hands screened in the French Revolution section of the London Film Festival, Lola Doillon’s slow-burning thriller lays siege to selected cinemas.
The luminous Kristin Scott Thomas continues her ascent to European cinema royalty as dispassionate surgeon Anna, who returns to work after a holiday but something has clearly unsettled her.
Eventually, she walks into a police station and makes a disturbing statement about being held hostage by grieving husband Yann Ochberg (Pio Marmai) because he holds her responsible for the death of his wife following a Caesarean section.
However, Anna’s carefully worded version of events to the police is not the whole story. Stockholm syndrome, loneliness and despair kindle sparks of sexual attraction between captor and captive, nudging Doillon’s film into volatile emotional territory.
Released: July 20 (UK & Ireland, selected cinemas), 81 mins