Rapt

Directed by Lucas Belvaux

Synopsis

One morning, the rich and powerful industrialist Stanislas Graff is kidnapped outside his home by a commando group. Completely cut off from the rest of the world, and only aware of what the kidnappers tell him, Stanislas cannot understand why his friends and family are taking their time to pay the demanded ransom. Outside, his world breaks down as the details of his double life emerge. All of his most intimate secrets - including a mistress and gambling debts - are revealed to his family, the police, and the public. Everyone discovers a man far different than the one they had imagined.

Film Info

Release Year: 2011
Running Time: 123
Color Type: Color
Country: France
Language: French with optional English subtitles

RAPT is a "cool and ingenious thriller" (Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com) packed with sexual betrayal and political intrigue.

Wealthy industrialist Stanilas Graff (Yvan Attal) is kidnapped in a daring daylight operation, and held ransom for 50 million Euros. As his family scrambles to raise the funds, his multi-national company is more concerned with massaging public opinion and limiting their financial exposure. Before long, the unsavory details of Graff's personal life are splashed over the tabloids. He is revealed to be an inveterate gambler, adulterer and worse, and with this disgrace the private urgency to free him disappears. It is left to the police to secure his escape. For Graff, however, the world he might return to has become just as dangerous and lonely as the one in which he is imprisoned.

Directed with elegance and precision by Lucas Belvaux, RAPT is "a nail-biting, emotionally charged captivity policier" (LA Times) that also resonates powerfully with contemporary economic and political realities.

Cast

    Alex Descas (Maitre Walser)
    André Marcon (Andre Peyrac)
    Anne Consigny (Francoise Graff)
    Françoise Fabian (Marjorie)
    Yvan Attal (Stanislas Graff)

Crew

  • Directed by Lucas Belvaux
  • Written by Lucas Belvaux
  • Cinematography by Pierre Milon

Festivals / Awards

Official Selection: Rotterdam

Nominated for four Cesar Awards (including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor)

Reviews

"A nail-biting, emotionally charged captivity policier" - Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

"Both a compelling character study and a handsomely mounted procedural, at various times suggesting Hitchcock, his French acolyte Claude Chabrol, the sadistic TV series '24' and the action movies of Michael Mann. Attal and Consigny are absolutely terrific " - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

"A solid yet fleet French thriller...brings to mind classic film noirs like LAURA and THE KILLERS." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"Sprawling and inventive...Attal gives a superlative performance" - Brent Simon

"Features pulse-quickening chases as well as political intrigue...Yvan Attal and Anne Consigny give understated but powerful performances..." - V.A. Musetto, New York Post

"Four stars! A finely mounted thriller!" - Time Out (London)

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Photos

  • Yvan Attal as Stanislas Graff is confronted by his kidnappers.
    • Yvan Attal as Stanislas Graff.
      • Yvan Attal as Stanislas Graff and Anne Consigny as Francoise Graff are at the center of attention in the press.
        • Michel Voita as Commissioner Paoli interrogates Maxime Lefrancois as Bertaux.
          • Yvan Attal as Stanislas Graff shares an awkward meal with his family following his release.
            • Anne Consigny as Francoise Graff.