In Your Hands
Ludovic Bernard (Mission Pays Basque ) demonstrates his elegance and sensitivity behind the lens with In Your Hands (aka Au Bout Des Doigts) in an emotionally stirring tale of a young man and his rare gift for music. Mathieu (Jules Benchetrit, Macadam Stories) 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, Matrix Reloaded), hears Mathieu playing piano at a railway station, he is mesmerised. Pierre decides to secure him private lessons with the imposing Countess (Kristin Scott Thomas, The English Patient), although with a secret agenda: to enter Mathieu in an international competition. Social pressures, and the daunting prospect of performing piano professionally causes Mathieu to question himself. 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.
Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Lambert Wilson, Karidja Touré
Director Ludovic Bernard