AKA: A Moi Seule
Directed by: Frederic Videau
Starring: Agathe Bonitzer (Gaelle), Reda Kateb (Vincent), Helene Fillieres (Therapist), Noémie Lvovsky (Mother), Jacques Bonnaffe (Father), Marie Payen (Woman on train)
Country: France, European effedup movies
Language: French (Eng Subs)
Genres: Based on a True Story, Captivity-Kidnapping, Old-Young Relationships, Teen-Childhood
Plot – Spoilers:
Gaelle was kidnapped as an eight-year-old from school and held in captivity by Vincent for almost a decade. Now he’s given her the choice to leave and she makes a run for it.
A Moi Seule is as much about its title – Coming Home – as it is a psychological examination of the effects of years of captivity on the victim and the captor – their interdependence and the fluidity of power and control.
It will also fuck with your morals. By giving Vincent certain principles, the film adds to the confusion the viewer may feel, especially if they approach Vincent from a predefined opinion of who is good or not.
There are also genuine moments of tenderness in the relationship juxtaposed against the harsh reality of captivity, dependence and abuse. Like when Gaelle’s climbs down back into her cell after the fight following her escape-attempt – like an animal returning to its safe cave.
Coming Home is the 2nd film on here after 3096 Days that’s loosely based on the Natascha Kampusch case.
Random Thoughts (Massive spoilers):
One difference between Vincent and Gaelle is in their interpretation of their realities. Gaelle was never resigned to her captivity and was always able to maintain perspective – I’m being held captive and this needn’t be my life. Vincent on the other hand slipped up by believing Gaelle would eventually stay with him of her own volition.