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Anything for Her (2008)

Pour elle (original title)
With no legal means left to him, a high school teacher devises a daring plan to rescue his wrongfully imprisoned wife from jail.

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Lancelot Roch ...
Olivier Marchal ...
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Commandant Susini (as Graia Hammou)
Liliane Rovère ...
Mère Julien
Olivier Perrier ...
Père Julien
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Rémi Martin ...
Capitaine Jousseaume
Thierry Godard ...
Pascal
Slimane Hadjar ...
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Dorothée Tavernier ...
Nathalie
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Moussa (as Alaa Oumouzoune)
Joseph Beddelem ...
Hassan
Ivan Franek ...
Dragan
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Lisa and Julien are married and lead a happy uneventful life with their son Oscar. But their life radically changes one morning, when the police comes to arrest Lisa on murder charges. She's sentenced to 20 years of prison. Convinced of his wife's innocence, Julien decides to act. How far will he be willing to go for her? Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Dans un instant, leur vie va basculer... (In a second, their life will change...)

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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3 December 2008 (France)  »

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Anything for Her  »

Box Office

Budget:

€7,930,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£89,467 (UK) (5 June 2009)

Gross:

£178,659 (UK) (12 June 2009)
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Klaus Badelt came onto the project at a late stage, and watched the film with Fred Cavayé to see where music was needed. Though Badelt felt the film already worked without music, Cavayé found that his work, which was recorded at London's Abbey Road studios, elevated the intensity and the emotion of the scenes to new heights. See more »

Quotes

Julien Auclert: Get your pajamas. We're going to Grandma's.
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Remade as The Next Three Days (2010) See more »

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Orage
Music by J.B. Dambroise and lyrics by J. Samedi, M. Hamdoun, 'M. Eschylle-Vertot' and R. Guydo-Thauvin
Performed by Krystal
Produced by J.B. Dambroise
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The French Original
16 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TOUT POUR ELLE (Anything for Her) was the original story and film from which THE NEXT THREE DAYS was adapted. In many ways this film is at least as strong as the Paul Haggis version with Russell Crowe. Here the credits are due to the imagination of writers Fred Cavayé and Guillaume Lemans and directed by Fred Cavayé. It is a very fine character driven thriller that while it may appear incredible to most, it is nonetheless an involving story of a man's love and commitment to his wife.

Julien (an impressive Vincent Lindon) is a schoolteacher who has a happy home life with his beautiful wife Lisa (Diane Kruger) and son Oscar (Lancelot Roch). During a quiet evening at home they are disturbed by policemen who arrest Lisa for a murder she claims she did not commit. Jump three years and Julien has been working with lawyers, spending their paltry savings, on getting appeals to get Lisa released from jail. He gets moral support from his parents (Liliane Rovère and Olivier Perrier) but sees his family falling apart. After three years have passed and when all legal portals fail, Lisa attempts suicide and Julien decides the only way to get Lisa out of prison is to aid in her escape. He visits writer Henri Pasquet (Olivier Marchal) who has escaped from prison several times and outlines the dangers AND the only secure methods for affecting a prison escape. John slowly and methodically prepares for the escape, gaining money by contacting drug lord Mouss (Alaa Safi), commits some crimes of his own as he masterminds his plan to successfully extract Lisa from prison. There are many twists and turns to the story, well written subplots and unexpected coincidences, all populated with a very strong cast of capable actors. It is a tense little French film that may not have the better known cast of its later American successor, but it works on a very different level and is a solid psychological thriller.

Grady Harp


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