Hold Me is the story of a caregiver whose job it is to accompany people through doctor assisted dying.
Starring Hannah Fierman and Laura Kenny as mother and daughter, the film challenges us to glimpse the final moments of life in the context of a loving goodbye–to consider the struggles and sacrifices of those who work in palliative care–and to find the courage to talk about it.
What We Thought:
Hold Me is a solid drama with a very strong performance from Hannah Fierman. It tackles the very difficult topic of doctor assisted dying, but in a humanizing way.
Hannah Fierman plays Hannah, a young woman whose job is holding people during their last moments on Earth. These people find comfort in her before passing on. What takes place isn’t legal and Hannah struggles to deal with the emotions of her job. She can’t truly express those emotions because, again, what she is doing is against the law. Only a select few know what she does and they only know because they are also involved.
When her mother is hospitalized, Hannah’s world is thrown for a loop. She is having issues with a professor at school, lying to her mother about what she does and a new client wants to meet her in advance before his death. She does her best to juggle everything in her life while coping with the grief she feels every day and the guilt of lying to those around her especially her mother.
Fierman handles the difficult role with ease. She holds your attention throughout the film and gives you every emotion in the book. The character’s job is painful for her and watching her mother being hospitalized is no easy task as well and Fierman does her character justice. I know Fierman from horror films so seeing her take on a role like this is impressive. They found the right actress to show the human side of the medical field.
Clearly a film about this topic is a hard sell to the general movie going audience. The film wants to start a conversation about death and who should be in charge of your own death. But I like how the filmmakers make the movie more about Hannah’s experience and not whether or not doctor assisted suicide is right or should be legal. The movie doesn’t beat you over the head with an agenda, it just gives you a story that makes you think.
Some people won’t like the topic of conversation in Hold Me and that’s fine. Everyone has their own personal beliefs and I’m not here to tell you otherwise. Nor are the filmmakers and that’s what I appreciate most about the film. It tells a story it wants to tell without feeling biased one way or the other. Add in a fantastic performance by Fierman and I do hope more people check out the film in the future.
Cast & Crew:
- Hannah Fierman
- Laura Kenny
- Daniel Harray
- Teace Snyder (who also wrote and directed the film)
- Rob Krakovski