It’s not Mathieu Amalric’s first attempt. From roles to productions, he knows how to narrate, keep the rhythm, hold in suspense and then dazzle. This time again he does not disappoint.
Vicky Krieps at the wheel of a sumptuous vintage car, seems to be driven by a persistent hallucination. A situation, moreover, anticipating a future personal drama, since she was the last companion of the late magnificent Gaspard Ulliel. The film develops in a syncopated version, reflected by the braking and acceleration of the car, the bursts of laughter then the sobs, the passing seasons with their colors. It takes its time to settle in and then unfolds like a Japanese paper flower. The main character Clarisse (played by Vicky Krieps) , often filmed in close-ups, balances like a gifted tightrope walker with her innate grace and confusing naturalness. A must see!
HOLD ME TIGHT is a selection of the Cannes International Film Festival 2021, nominated for Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay César Awards.
Movie in French and German, with English subtitles