Two exquisite lead perfs and a story that, in all its simplicity, is both thrilling and (at least for a while) unpredictable, make “Hold My Heart” a surprisingly watchable drama. After his thriller “Isle of Darkness” (1998), helmer Trygve Allister Diesen comes up with a sensitive drama about the strained relationship between a father and his young daughter. Partly a road movie, pic has a gritty look that helps enhance its realism, and it should definitely interest fests.
Harald (Jorgen Langhelle) is divorced from his wife, Cecilie (Andrea Braein Hovig), after a breakup involving accusations of battery and child molesting. Forbidden to see his 7-year-old daughter, Lisa (Vera Rudi), Harald kidnaps her in a fit of rage; over the next few days, the two grow closer again. Meanwhile, the police have organized a manhunt for Harald, and only one policewoman believes he’s not dangerous and violent. Langhelle manages to make his character so ambivalent that for a long time the audience is unsure of his guilt, and the young Rudi manages to hold her own against the adult actors. Sappy ending, however, is a letdown.