Hold Me Tight

  • 97'
  • France
  • 2021

Clarisse, who appears to have left her husband Marc, drives an old station wagon around France. Her husband and their two children, Lucie and Paul, still live in their home, where a piano occupies centre stage. Clarisse admits to a waitress that she really misses her kids.

In his sixth feature film, French actor and filmmaker Mathieu Amalric alternates between scenes which focus on Clarisse and flashbacks of a happy family. Sometimes, there are flashbacks within flashbacks, for instance to Marc and Clarisse’s initial meeting. As viewers slowly become aware of the timing, things gradually become clear. This creates a moving film buoyed by the impressive performance of Vicky Krieps (known for Phantom Thread, 2017) as Clarisse, troubled by ghosts from her past. The soundtrack consists of a variety of beautiful (piano) music, ranging from Beethoven to Schönberg.

See also Big Talk: Mathieu Amalric

Director
Mathieu Amalric
Country of production
France
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
97'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Serre moi fort
Language
French
Producers
Yaël Fogiel, Laetitia Gonzalez
Production Company
Les Films du Poisson
Sales
Gaumont
Screenplay
Mathieu Amalric
Cinematography
Christophe Beaucarne
Editor
Francois Gedigier
Production Design
Laurent Baude
Sound Design
Olivier Mauvezin
Cast
Vicky Krieps, Arieh Worthalter, Anne-Sophie Bowen-Chatet, Sacha Ardilly, Juliette Benveniste, Aurèle Grzesik
Local Distributor
Athena Films