Where Hands Touch

Where Hands Touch

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Where Hands Touch

Award-winning filmmaker Amma Asante (Belle) directs Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give) in this story of a bi-racial teen struggling for survival in Nazi Germany.

"Rudesheim, the Rhineland, 1944. Lenya (Stenberg) has come of age during the chaos of war. Her mother (Abbie Cornish) has done her best to protect Lenya, but the racist credo of National Socialism has rendered her a pariah for the colour of her skin. Yet youthful ardour can bloom in the most unlikely places: Lenya is in love with Lutz (George MacKay), a young Nazi. Lutz toes the party line when it comes to antisemitism yet remains drawn to Lenya despite Nazi revulsion at the thought of a Black German. When that revulsion escalates to direct threat to her survival, Lenya and Lutz must face the seemingly inevitable outcome of their impossibly fraught romance." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2019Rating: M, Violence, sex scenes & nudity122 minsUK
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Variety

Variety

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Stenberg carries the magnetism she brought to her breakthrough role in the YA romance "Everything, Everything," but she's betrayed by a stilted rendering of a rarely illuminated piece of history.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A gut-wrenching misfire.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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It's a film entirely devoid of subtlety yet one that also fails to provide the grand emotion it yearns to deliver, despite the use of a sledgehammer.

2.0
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Stuff

Stuff

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Dramatically it's a mixed bag, but Where Hands Touch does offer some moments of magic.

3.0
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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The soft-focus romanticism, soaring music cues and use of slow-motion all mute the impact of a potentially harrowing true story.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Asante usually excels at sharing stories audiences haven't seen before, so it's unfortunate that this one feels so dully familiar.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Throughout, Asante raises questions about bravery, conscience and, most of all, identity.

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Amandla Stenberg really likes her political movies. With The Hate U Give having come out earlier this year (which looked at modern-day police oppression against the black community in the United States), Where Hands Touch showcases that same oppressive nature back further to the 1940s during World War II Germany. Where Hands Touch is a close-up look at the...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Stenberg carries the magnetism she brought to her breakthrough role in the YA romance "Everything, Everything," but she's betrayed by a stilted rendering of a rarely illuminated piece of history.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A gut-wrenching misfire.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's a film entirely devoid of subtlety yet one that also fails to provide the grand emotion it yearns to deliver, despite the use of a sledgehammer.

2.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Dramatically it's a mixed bag, but Where Hands Touch does offer some moments of magic.

3.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

The soft-focus romanticism, soaring music cues and use of slow-motion all mute the impact of a potentially harrowing true story.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Asante usually excels at sharing stories audiences haven't seen before, so it's unfortunate that this one feels so dully familiar.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Throughout, Asante raises questions about bravery, conscience and, most of all, identity.

0

Amandla Stenberg really likes her political movies. With The Hate U Give having come out earlier this year (which looked at modern-day police oppression against the black community in the United States), Where Hands Touch showcases that same oppressive nature back further to the 1940s during World War II Germany. Where Hands Touch is a close-up look at...

3.0
0