Clara is happily married to a promising lawyer and lives in Paris. After the sudden death of her mother, Clara has to assume responsibility for her younger sister Lily, whose extreme sensitivity makes her vulnerable.
Samuel Pierret (Gilles Lellouche) is a nurse who saves the wrong guy -- a thief (Roschdy Zem) whose henchmen take Samuel's pregnant wife (Elena Anaya) hostage to force him to spring their ... See full summary »
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
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 »
A fairly stylish thriller that holds up well against its obvious, recent peers: 36 Quai des Orfèvres; I've Loved You So Long; Tell No One. Well, it's not quite as intriguing as 36 and abandons all the potential psychodrama that made I've Loved You So Long so coiled and intense but where 'Pour Elle' matches its comparitors is in the bond between the protagonists, cruelly torn from one another by chance and in this way is closest to Tell No One (oh, and both use Mikaela Fisher as a sinister female presence). The early setup is economical making the injustice all the more insufferable. It also makes it easier to work with the otherwise terminally bourgeois Julien (Lindon) who determines to spring his wife when all else has failed. His acting - and that of the apparently bilingual Diane Kruger, not just a pretty face - carry the day.
I was entertained although I would loved to have seen a more focused approach to Julien's dealing with the underworld he must dirty himself in, and the statutory failings that force his hand. 6/10
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