In Safe Hands (Pupille)



St. Anthony Main Theatre 3 Sat, Jul 13, 2019 3:00 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre 3 Wed, Jul 17, 2019 4:45 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$12.00
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$6.00
Film Info
Program:Lumières Françaises
Women Directors
Culture & Society
Release Year:2018
Runtime:107 min
Festivals & Awards:Winner Best Actress - Lumieres Awards 2019
Winner Golden Bayard - Namur International Festival 2018
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Distrib Films
Director:Jeanne Herry
Producer:Alain Attal
Vincent Mazel
Hugo Sélignac
Cinematographer:Sofian El Fani
Screenwriter:Jeanne Herry
Editor:Francis Vesin
Composer:Pascal Sangla
Principal Cast:Sandrine Kiberlain
Gilles Lellouche
Élodie Bouchez
Stéfi Celma
Filmography:Number One Fan (2014)


Original Title: Pupille

The second feature film from actress-turned-filmmaker Jeanne Herry (Number 1 Fan), In Safe Hands throws us deep into the milieu of the French social assistance services where the fate of one baby boy exposes the conflicting conundrums faced by many women – those giving up their babies and those desperate to have their own.

When baby Theo’s birth mother surrenders him to adoption, child protection services, and officers such as Karine (Sandrine Kiberlain, Number 1 Fan), are called to action, and the harsh realities of the adoption process are pulled into sharp focus.

Karine entrusts Theo to Jean (Gilles Lellouche, C’est la vie!) – no stranger to the foster system himself – who takes on the responsibility of the newborn until a suitable home can be found. Meanwhile, Alice (Élodie Bouchez, winner of the Lumières Award for Best Actress for this role) has never given up the fight to be a mother and faces the prospect of this dream finally coming true, although nothing is certain.

“A particularly accurate puzzle that comes together very harmoniously” (Cineuropa), In Safe Hands relies on the impeccable performances of its cast (including a powerful turn from Miou-Miou, also starring in Dumped), subtle cinematography and score, and finely tuned writing from Jeanne Herry to create a story that is at once informative and affecting.


Lumiéres Françaises highlights an exciting new generation of rising French-language talent on both sides of the camera, from rebellious comedies to exquisite dramas and vivid documentaries.