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Kristin Scott Thomas shines in an otherwise drab thriller

Kristin Scott Thomas, French cinema’s first choice for lonely, well-dressed but emotionally flayed women, gives a luminous performance as the kidnapped Parisian doctor who becomes entangled with a volatile abductor bent on payback for his personal tragedy.

Sadly, glowering hunk Pio Marmaï can’t punch at her weight, which makes their intense, two-handed scenes feel cruelly lop-sided and a tad stagey.

As a result, Lola Doillon’s taut but insufficiently twisty thriller strains for the heart-wringing arthouse heft of Scott Thomas hits like I’ve Loved You So Long and Leaving, but finds itself falling some way short.

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