Told predominantly through a flashback, In Your Hands explores the relationship between the cold, lonely surgeon Anna Cooper (Scott Thomas) and her kidnapper, Yann Ochberg (Marmaï) who blames her for the loss of his wife, who died during an operation she performed. However, Yann is not capable of murder or premeditated violence, and as time passes the pair form a connection based on their shared loneliness.
If every action has an equal and opposite reaction, it’s possible that an equivalent of Stockholm syndrome exists, in which a kidnapper becomes infatuated with his victim. Surgeon Anna Cooper (Kristin Scott Thomas) is abducted by the grieving widower (Pio Marmaï) of a woman who died during a surgery which she performed. From this, writer-director Lola Doillon spins an intricate thriller, as abductor and abductee form a peculiar
folie à deux. Both of the two central performances and Doillon’s sure handling of difficult material are equally impressive in this brief but astute examination of the complexities of human affairs.
A short but insightful exploration of inverse Stockholm syndrome, loneliness and loss.
Reviewed by David Hughes