DRAMA, COMEDY / FRANCE / 2018 / 105 MINS / M
Ludovic Bernard (Mission Pays Basque) demonstrates his elegance and sensitivity behind the lens with In Your Hands in an emotionally stirring tale of a young man and his rare gift for music.
Mathieu (Jules Benchetrit) lives with his family in a housing project where peer pressure has led him into petty theft. When the director of a prestigious music conservatory, Pierre (Lambert Wilson, Raising Colours in this year’s Festival), hears Mathieu playing
Will he be able to play at the international competition or not?
With a sweeping and swirling camera that seems to get ‘inside’ the music, Bernard wrangles many themes throughout In Your Hands, including that of social privation, although distinguished along class lines, not race or creed. Mathieu’s tackling of Rachmaninoff echoes the 1996 film Shine, in which Geoffrey Rush as the adult David Helfgott also conquered this ‘Everest’ of classical piano.
"Un film qui adoucit les moeurs."– Femme Actuelle
"Jules Benchetrit, fils de Marie Trintignant, se montre impressionnant par sa capacité à donner une crédibilité totale à son personnage rétif au destin qui ne lui veut que du bien et triomphe dans son art de l’illusion."– Le Parisien
DIRECTED BY: LUDOVIC BERNARD
STARRING: Lambert Wilson, Kristin Scott Thomas, André Marcon, Karidja Touré, Jules Benchetrit