Hold Me Tight

Director: Mathieu Amalric
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 1.0

Without even leaving a note, Clarisse (Vicky Krieps) abandons her husband Marc (Arieh Worthalter) and their two children Lucie (Anne-Sophie Bowen-Chatet) and Paul (Sacha Ardilly), drives to who-knows-where, shouts at strangers, acts up in bars and has flashbacks that offer a hint as to what might actually be happening.  Amalric, mostly known as being an actor (and Bond villain!), shows a certain poise behind the camera but the script, based on a play by Claudine Galea, is told in an infuriatingly choppy manner (most likely to conceal how flimsy it is) and tries for this "poetic effect" that is not effective in the slightest.  I've said it about American films, so now I'm saying it for French ones: if you need help, please get therapy from an actual psychiatrist.  (Which is probably easier for them, since they have a universal health care system.)