Movie Review: "Give Me Your Hand"

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There is such a dearth of good, interesting films that I find myself grabbing on to the slightest offering. This film met my time requirement on a Friday night following my live Bloomberg radio program from 6:00-7:00 p.m., 1130 AM on the dial. Further, it was playing at one of my favorite theaters, the Quad Cinema, located in the Village a few blocks from my home.

The long and short of it is that that this road-trip film is not terrible, but it is certainly not a good movie. It lacks a plot and goes nowhere, but the scenes of rural France are magnificent.

Two 18-year-old twin brothers, Antoine (Alexandre Carril) and Quentin (Victor Carril) set off from their village home where their father is a baker. They are going to their mother's funeral in Spain, and along the way, they have a number of sexual adventures involving both sexes.

The two young men are very different. One seems willing to take major risks involving life and death, and the other is a brooding artist who likes to sketch. They constantly engage in physical fights with one another. In one scene, one of the boys sells his brother without telling him to a male bar patron for 100 euros stating that his brother would enjoy sex with the patron. This transaction results in the patron and the brother fighting each other in the lavatory. The finale of the picture has the brothers struggling in a fast moving river with the possibility of death by drowning.

So much more could have been done to create an interesting plot. When will some compelling films be released to relieve the tedium of movie-going audiences? Hopefully soon, or I may have to give up this job of movie critic (in French, with English subtitles). 

HS said: "I agree that the film is slight, but it is also quite pretty to watch. The robust teens are played by real brothers and are primarily straight, possibly curious. The background is the French countryside, a farm where hay is baled, small homes, sweeping fields, mountains and rivers. The scenery is attractive, as are the boys, who never seem to need a shave although they are out in the wild. The picaresque plot makes little sense, and its time line is impossible to meet. The brothers wrestle frequently in anger, but they don't seem to hurt each other. There is a cougar scene, tastefully done. I would go just for the landscape, but the picture may not be around that long."

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Mayor Koch saved New York City from bankruptcy and restored the pride of New Yorkers during his three terms as mayor from 1978-1989. He restored fiscal stability by placing the city on a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) balanced budget. He created a housing program that provided more than 150,000 units of affordable housing and created New York City's first merit judicial selection system. Prior to being mayor, Mr. Koch served for nine years as a congressman and two years as a member of the New York City Council. He attended City College of New York from 1941 to 1943. He was drafted into the Army his last year of college and served with the 104th Infantry Division. He received two battle stars and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946. He received his LL.B. degree from the New York University School of Law in 1948 and began to practice law immediately thereafter. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP and hosts a call-in radio program on Bloomberg AM 1130 (WBBR). Mr. Koch appears weekly on NY1 television and is the author of ten autobiographical books.
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