Official Selection Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2022
Hold Me Tight
A Film by Mathieu Amalric
Starring Vicky Krieps & Arieh Worthaler
Opens In South Florida in Miami (9/16)
& Boca Raton (9/30) at the Living Room
“One of the best films of the year.” – Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
“Vicky Krieps in a tour-de-force performance. An impressively shot and performed memory piece.” – Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
“More potent and heartfelt than any other film I’ve seen in a long time.” – Dustin Chang, Screen Anarchy
“Vicky Krieps mesmerizes… delivers a disarmingly vulnerable, yet understated performance.” – Susannah Gruder, Indiewire
“Gripping… cathartic…Amalric’s generosity of feeling and commitment to a percolating, hypnotic poetry of image, sound and human expression is noteworthy”
– Robert Abele, The Wrap
Kino Lorber is pleased to present Mathieu Amalric’s deeply emotional drama HOLD ME TIGHT, a selection of the Cannes International Film Festival, nominated for Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay César Awards.
Adapted from a stage play by Claudine Galéa, HOLD ME TIGHT stars Vicky Krieps as Clarisse, a mother coping with great emotional upheaval, and Arieh Worthalter (Girl) as Marc, the husband she leaves behind. Krieps gives a riveting performance as a woman on the run from her family for reasons that aren’t immediately clear. Amalric’s sophisticated narrative alternates between scenes of Clarisse’s road trip and of Marc as he cares for their two children, Paul, and Lucie, a pianist prodigy. While giving clues along the way, Amalric keeps viewers uncertain as to the reality of what they’re seeing until the film’s final moments.
With a dual career as an acclaimed actor (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, My Sex Life…or How I Got into an Argument, The Grand Budapest Hotel) and a writer-director (Barbara, The Blue Room, On Tour), Amalric’s sixth directorial outing is a daring, poignant and unpredictable story about love, absence, grief, and memory. Luxembourg-born actress Vicky Krieps came to international attention with her performance opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread and has since starred in Bergman Island by Mia Hansen-Love and Old by M. Night Shyamalan.
HOLD ME TIGHT’s soundtrack includes piano pieces by Ravel, Debussy, Messiaen, Beethoven, Rameau, Schönberg and Rachmaninov; the film features clips of legendary pianist Martha Argerich performing Ravel, Mozart and Chopin.
France | 2021 | 97 min | Color | 1.85:1 | In French and German with English subtitles
Directed by Mathieu Amalric. Screenplay by Mathieu Amalric, based on the play by Claudine Galéa, Je reviens de loin. Cinematography by Christophe Beaucarne. Editing by François Gedigier. Production Design by Laurent Baude. Produced by Laetitia Gonzales and Yaël Fogiel with Félix Von Boehm (Les Films du Poisson). A Kino Lorber release.