Blu-ray, DVD Release: Rapt

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 6, 2011
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.95
Studio: Kino Lorber

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Yvan Attal gets put through the ringer in the French thriller Rapt.

Inspired by the 1978 kidnapping of French industrialist Edouard-Jean Empain, Rapt is an acclaimed 2009 French drama-thriller film written and directed by actor/filmmaker Lucas Belvaux.

The movie kicks off when wealthy industrialist Stanilas Graff (Yvan Attal, Leaving) 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’s 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.

Following its rollout to international film festivals in Rotterdam, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Seattle, Rapt enjoyed a limited release to a couple of screens in U.S. theaters in July, 2011. The foreign movie garnered positive notices from the critics and rang up approximately $40,000 at the domestic box office.

Rapt also was nominated for four Cesar Awards, France’s Oscars: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Yvan Attal) and Best Supporting Actress (Anne Consigny).

Presented in French with English subtitles, the DVD and Blu-ray have no bonus features.

The trailer, with English subtitles, looks appropriately dramatic. Check it out:


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.