Hold me (2016)
Hold Me is the story of Hannah, a woman whose job it is to hold and console people who are being voluntarily euthanized.
Genre : Drama
Country : Canada/USA
Hannah Fierman : Hannah
Laura Kenny : Hannah’s mother
Robert Krakovski : Vincent
First of all, I want to thank “Cliché Original Entertainment” for the opportunity to watch this screener.
“Hold Me” is as serene as the chosen topic itself. No calamities or hectic situations. It’s a fragile picture of the choices people make to end their life voluntarily. A procedure that requires medical care and psychological support. A support Hannah (Hannah Fierman) provides by being present during the last minutes of a dying person. And preferably dressed up the way that person wishes. One last memory. A last craving. An intimate and happy farewell. One last hug and embrace.
Not only does the film focus on the emotional aspect Hannah is facing, but also the legal aspect. Worldwide there are still many countries where euthanasia isn’t legal, so these procedures take place illegally. This is also the case with Hannah. The result is that she has trouble in processing the grief. She has no outlet for her feelings and she can’t tell her personal story to anybody. Not even to her mother. When she’s being confronted with a legal fact, the illegal and anonymous nature of her activities, could get her in trouble. In legal terms, that is. Hence, the resulting confrontation with Vincent (Robert Krakovski).
“Hold Me” isn’t exactly the type of movie you’d choose to enjoy a pleasant evening in front of your TV. It’s a pretty sad topic. Nobody likes to be confronted with the loss of a loved one and subsequently saying goodbye in a serene way. Also, palliative departments aren’t exactly the most happy places to reside in a hospital. Melancholia is omnipresent in this film. The soundtrack contributes to that as well. A superb fitting sound which reminded me of certain songs performed by Marilyn Manson where the same depressing piano tones are being used. Personally I thought the music was a wonderful addition. Normally I don’t pay much attention to the accompanying music in a film. The fact it did struck me here, says enough.
Naturally Hannah and her mother (Laura Kenny) represent the most central characters in this production. At first glance I thought Hannah Fierman was the actress who played in “Starry Eyes” the part of the resolute Sarah. Maybe that’s why I expected a sinister turn somwhere (Well, that’s what happens when you never read the summary of a film in advance). But frankly I found her acting performance magnificant at times. The transformation shown in a mirror where a loving, mischievous smile replaces her sad expression, was beautiful to see. Laura Kenny’s acting performance was wonderfull as well. A worried mother who’s only concerned about being a burden to her daughter, even when she suffers from a serious illness.