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Rapt (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 18 November 2009 (France)
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A rich industrialist is brutally kidnapped. While he physically and mentally degenerates in imprisonment, the kidnappers, police and the board of the company of which he is director negotiate about the ransom of 50 million euro.

Director:

Lucas Belvaux

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Lucas Belvaux
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvan Attal ... Stanislas Graff
Anne Consigny ... Françoise Graff
André Marcon André Marcon ... André Peyrac
Françoise Fabian ... Marjorie
Alex Descas ... Maître Walser
Michel Voïta Michel Voïta ... Le commissaire Paoli
Gérard Meylan ... Le Marseillais
Maxime Lefrançois Maxime Lefrançois ... Bertaux
Christophe Kourotchkine Christophe Kourotchkine ... Jean-Jacques Garnier
Sarah Messens Sarah Messens ... Véronique Graff
Julie Kaye Julie Kaye ... Martine Graff (as Julia Kaye)
Marc Rioufol ... Le commandant Chenut
Patrick Descamps Patrick Descamps ... Massart
Bertrand Constant Bertrand Constant ... Le capitaine Verne
Tania Torrens Tania Torrens ... Madame Keller
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Storyline

Stanislaff Graff, a rich industrialist with a wife and a lover, is kidnapped brutally from his limousine on the eve of his visit to China as part of the entourage of the French president. The kidnappers demand a fifty million euro ransom. In order to prove they are serious, they cut off one of his fingers. What follows is a terrifying sparring match between kidnappers, police and the board of the company of which Graff is the director. The main question for the board: is a human life worth more than fifty million euros? Will they be able to get that amount of money together in time anyway? While they decide this he degenerates physically and mentally in imprisonment. In the meantime, the press dredges up the businessman's past with revelations that are especially painful for his wife. Written by International Film Festival Rotterdam

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Taglines:

Paying his ransom won't bury his secrets.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Diaphana [France]

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 November 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Apagogi See more »

Filming Locations:

Ostende, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,872, 10 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,669, 11 December 2011
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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He had his left middle finger amputated but when Stan is released he takes off his blindfold and the finger has grown back. See more »

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Remade as Abducted See more »

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A kidnapping reveals a man they thought they knew.

Stanislas Graff (Yvan Attal) is a man of importance, he's a powerful industrialist who meets with world leaders. After breakfast with his wife Françoise (Anne Consigny) and teenaged daughters, Stan is kidnapped on his way to work in broad daylight, and his misfortune holds him, his family, and his business--"Rapt." Belgian writer/director Lucas Belvaux latest isn't the typical thriller one might expect. Stan may occupy and move in elevated social circles, but when he's snatched from his everyday life, those who interact with him every day find that they didn't really know him at all. Business and personal relationships shift and slide and when Stan finally comes home--a shell of his former self, the old adage about dog being man's best friend is proved once again. All these shifting loyalties are what make "Rapt" so compelling. After his high-profile kidnapping, the media uncovers his playboy lifestyle--and his wife, Françoise Graff is shown the apartment where he met his girls on the side. There's an acknowledgement that she knew something of this before, but being the wife of such a man, she couldn't bring herself to do anything about it, at least not while the money was still good, Something the film implies in one of its only attempts to understand the workings and motivations of its characters. Françoise discovers that the board of trusties would only provide the ransom money as a loan, and discovers her family is far less wealthy than she thought. The Graff girls Véronique (Sarah Messens) and Martine (Julie Kaye), are devastated to discover who their father really is, just as any common man, by watching the news reading the papers. The damage being done, besides a chopped-off finger--is to Stanislas's public and private image, which in turn begins to quietly dampen the family's eagerness to have him returned. Stan is eventually transferred to Le Marseillais (Gérard Meylan), who provides better living conditions, but nonetheless he is still a prisoner. Graff is reminded that he's no longer front page news--and after yet another money transfer is botched, he is told that he'll either be killed or freed. The kidnappers' ultimate decision is a whopper, but Stan has a series of shocks ahead. "Rapt" is a work of dexterous, subtle intelligence. Don't expect an action film and its psychological character portraits. It's a well-made thriller--with its leisurely pace and total lack of gratuitous sex and violence. It seems well-suited for those film-goers with a more modest sensibility who prefer refinement, as opposed to common American movie traits of speed and savagery. While it doesn't really say much about men such as Stanislas, what happens in its last reel suggests a realness to his unemotional side--unapologetic for his gambling and cheating despite any lessons the ordeal might have offered about the collateral damage inflicted upon those who are closest to him. There is a lack of a bond, or relationship with Stan, his family, and the audience. It's hard to feel sympathy for the protagonist. despite his situation, because he's not a likable person. What Stanislas's attitude seems to ultimately say is that he acted the way he did simply because his position in life allowed him to. His only regret is having been caught.


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