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In Safe Hands (2018)

Pupille (original title)
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Theo was born an unwanted child. The social services set out to find the perfect home for his adoption.

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Jeanne Herry

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Jeanne Herry (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandrine Kiberlain ... Karine
Gilles Lellouche ... Jean
Élodie Bouchez ... Alice
Olivia Côte Olivia Côte ... Lydie
Clotilde Mollet Clotilde Mollet ... Mathilde
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Le père d'Alice
Bruno Podalydès Bruno Podalydès ... L'ex d'Alice
Miou-Miou ... Irène
Leïla Muse Leïla Muse ... Clara
Stéfi Celma ... Elodie - l'infirmière en pédiatrie
Aude Léger Aude Léger ... La sage-femme
Anne Suarez ... Laure
Julie Recoing Julie Recoing ... Isabelle
Judith Siboni Judith Siboni ... Sophie
Amaury de Crayencour Amaury de Crayencour ... L'acteur
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Theo was born an unwanted child. The social services set out to find the perfect home for his adoption.

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Drama

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For some scenes, the production used plastic babies because the director did not want to put real babies in potentially traumatic situations. See more »

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Thought-provoking and educational but bland
7 November 2019 | by trivium105See all my reviews

There is no doubt the subject matter of the French fostering and adoption system is an important topic and one which I guess most people know little or nothing about, and, assuming the system in my home country of England is not too dissimilar, it was very educational for me. Emotion inevitably comes into it as we see an unwanted baby boy pass from his birth, through the system, to his eventual new home. The film is slow paced, which was not remotely a problem for me but may be for some. The acting,and production are all very good.

My main problem with the film was it just seemed too bland. Whilst I appreciate the characters were meant to be realistic, we are nonetheless watching a drama not a documentary and so artistic licence is allowed. When such licence was employed it came across as totally contrived, almost for the sake of it. The script was also just a bit too dry. Whilst life is the primary subject of the film, there was a real lack of sparkle to it, a lack of life.

I found it enjoyable, and in some ways an important film to see from an educational perspective, but feel in the hands of superior film makers it could have been so much better (the Dardenne brothers immediately come to mind).

With all the reality TV there is around these days, if there are any documentaries on the same subject then I would suggest watching them instead of this.


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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 December 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

In Safe Hands See more »

Filming Locations:

Brest, Finistère, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$348, 28 July 2019

Gross USA:

$1,737

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,086,596
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2.39:1
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