Feature > Reel Affirmations 2009

Give Me Your Hand

Donne-Moi La Main

Date: Thursday, 10/22/2009
Time: 6:30 pm

Venue: Shakepeare's Harman
Tickets: $10 - [Buy Tickets]

Type: Feature presentation
Language: French with English subtitles

Metro Weekly Rating: star (1 out of 5)

TWIN BROTHERS TAKE to the road, traveling from their hometown in France to Spain for their mother's funeral. Their trip together -- picturesque and virtually wordless -- is consistently disrupted by carnal distractions of both male and female form, driving a wedge between the brothers that may forever damage their inseparable bonds.

Believe me, it sounds better on paper than it plays on screen.

They say silence is golden. But in director Pascal-Alex Vincent's drama, the silences are insufferable. You pray for a subtitle to pop up, something -- anything -- to read. Sadly, when a shred of dialogue does arrive, it's as banal as can be. Maybe it's lost in the translation.

Oh, sure, the movie is beautiful, with heightened colors, made richer through the use of digital enhancement. And the twins (Alexandre and Victor Carril) are sumptuous examples of French maleness, even if they do look a little bit like Daniel Day-Lewis knockoffs. And yeah, there's some minor nudity, most if it in the form of breasts. But honestly, there are so many other things you could be doing with 99 minutes of your life -- laundry, shopping, waxing your back -- that the very idea of sitting through Give Me Your Hand should give you enormous pause.

More information

Film Links:

  • Reel Affirmations - full details
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Rotten Tomatoes

Festival Venue:

Shakespeare Theatre's Harman Center for the Arts
610 F Street, NW; Washington, DC 20004 [map]
(202) 547-1122
Near the Archives-Navy Memorial Yellow/Green Line Metro


For more information, pick up a copy of the Reel Affirmations 19 program guide or visit www.reelaffirmations.org.

For individual tickets and festival passes, visit www.reelaffirmations.org. Festival passes are $150 and allow for entry to all films except opening and closing nights. Tickets are available at the door of each showing or at Universal Gear (1529 14th St. NW).

For more information, call 202-547-1122 or visit www.reelaffirmations.org.