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Xavier Ruiz (screenplay)
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Divorced SWAT officer Alex Decker devotes himself entirely of his work, straining his relationship with his teenage daughter. When his old childhood friend and former colleague Victor is released from prison, Alex must confront his past. | Add synopsis »
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Arben Bajraktaraj ... Besim

Isabelle Caillat ... Suzanne

Delphine Chanéac ... Anja Lagrange

Jola Cora ... Girl in the mall
Chloé Coulloud ... Lou Decker
Emmanuel Dabbous ... Le forcené

Barthélémy Grossmann ... Sébastien
Thierry Jorand ... Le gardien de prison

Carlos Leal ... Victor Preiswerk

Laurent Lucas ... Alex Decker
Nicole Max ... Clara Decker
Jacques Michel ... Ceku
Julie Nicolet ... Natascha
André Oumansky ... Horace Decker

Olivier Perez ... P.A.
Norbert Rutili
Hervé Sogne ... Von Arx
Stress ... Fred
Raphaël Tschudi ... Stéphane
David Valere ... Martino
Jean-François Wolff ... Meylan
Yannick Guiraud ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Xavier Ruiz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nicholas Cuthbert  screenplay
Xavier Ruiz  screenplay

Produced by
Ralph S. Dietrich .... executive producer
Jean-Marie Gindraux .... line producer
Eddy Géradon-Luyckx .... associate producer
Pierre Roger .... associate producer
Donato Rotunno .... producer
Joseph Rouschop .... co-producer
Xavier Ruiz .... producer
Original Music by
Tom Bimmermann 
Vincent Gillioz 
Cinematography by
Greg Pedat  (as Gregory Pédat)
Film Editing by
Jean-Paul Cardinaux 
Xavier Ruiz 
Casting by
Constance Demontoy 
Production Design by
Daniel Raduta 
Costume Design by
Nicole Ferrari 
Makeup Department
Max Buhler .... key hair stylist
Véronique Jaggi .... special makeup effects artist
Joël Seiller .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Fabrice Gasser .... unit manager
Benedicte Hermesse .... production manager
Sandra K'Bourch .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Paul Cardinaux .... second unit director
Swan Demarsan .... additional first assistant director
Thibaut Kahlbacher .... second assistant director
Serge Musy .... first assistant director: second unit
Beatrice Pettovich .... additional first assistant director
Laurence Rexter-Baker .... first assistant director
Antonin Schopfer .... second assistant director
Art Department
Georges Ayusawa .... assistant art director
Angela Castro .... painter
Valérie Dodeigne .... painter
Thomas Ferrandis .... carpenter
Audrey Hernu .... property master
Laetitia Kelkermans .... property master
Sacha Milutinovic .... set dresser
Rekha Musale .... assistant art director
Alice Rey-Berthet .... art department assistant
Marc Ridremont .... construction manager
Raphael Thiry .... carpenter
Sound Department
Gustavo Andriewiski .... sound mixer
Ingo Dumlich .... sound editor
Laurence Morel .... boom operator
Alain Sironval .... sound recordist
Edgar Vidal .... sound effects editor
Erik Vidal .... foley artist
Kiku Vidal .... foley artist
Jörg Klaussner .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Micha Mann .... special effects supervisor (as Michael Mann)
Micha Mann .... stunt coordinator (as Michael Mann)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gregory Bindschedler .... additional electrician
Etienne Braun .... still photographer
Gilbert Degrand .... gaffer
Eric Dolcemascolo .... video assistant
Kevin Dresse .... electrician
Eugene Dyson .... additional electrician (as Eugène Dyson)
Vania Guinsbourg .... second assistant camera: selected assignments
Joon .... additional electrician (as Julien Conod)
Joon .... additional grip (as Julien Conod)
Nicolas Lastschenko .... additional electrician
Moïse Mendoza .... grip
Corneel Mertens .... electrician
Davy Meunier .... electrician
Leandro Monti .... additional first assistant camera
Leandro Monti .... jimmy jib operator
Ismaïl Ozturk .... second assistant camera
François Perrault-Alix .... key grip
Nicolas Petsilas .... Steadicam operator
Nicolas Petsilas .... camera operator
Nicolas Petsilas .... jimmy jib operator
David Morais Rocas .... second assistant camera
Julien Schlaepfer .... additional second assistant camera
Théodore Theodorides .... second assistant camera
Hugo Veludo .... video assist operator
Laurent Wallerang .... grip
Wolfgang Wesemann .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Isabelle Constantini .... additional casting
Yael Elster .... extras casting
Ann-Kathrin Graf .... extras casting
Gary Lebel .... casting assistant
Katja Wolf .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonia Ferreira .... costumer
Françoise Meyer .... wardrobe
Lara Walker .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Jens Beyer .... digital colorist
Christopher Chaber .... digital intermediate supervisor
Guillermo J. Deisler .... digital intermediate producer
Erline O'Donovan .... assistant editor
Jean-Luc Simon .... first assistant editor
Transportation Department
Gaby Meyers .... driver: facilities truck
Paolo Signorini .... driver: cast
Other crew
Marc Burger .... set production assistant
Marie Chaduc .... script supervisor
Jean-Daniel Conus .... assistant location manager
Diane Duperret .... production coordinator
Bob Feltgen .... assistant location manager
Tiago Hof .... location assistant
Victor Jaquier .... making-of director
Jo Kelly .... coach
Claude Ludovicy .... location consultant
Marco Naggar .... assistant production coordinator
Cléo Siegenthaler .... location scout
Stéphanie Verger .... production coordinator
Christophe Vincent .... location manager

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105 min
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Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud)

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Slick Swiss SWAT drama with few surprises., 5 August 2010
Author: bwanabrad-1 from China

A fairly stock standard contemporary police drama, set in Geneva. It starts out looking very cliché, just like a lot of others in the genre. The main character Decker is part of a Swiss SWAT team, he is something of a maverick figure, with an unhealthy respect for doing things according to the book, but he gets away with his transgressions because he is able to get results for things done, dangerous things. He is married to his job, in a sort of obsessive – compulsive way, to the extent that he has no home life. His first wife has left him, taking his angst ridden teenage daughter with her. The daughter dabbles in drugs and he has been absent from her for long periods of her development and important events. He even reacts to an emergency call from HQ like one of Pavlov's famous canines, right in the middle of her birthday. They call he responds. Sound familiar ? The only thing really missing here is a drinking problem.

He also fights constantly with the ex wife, he neglects his girlfriend, but he lives for his team. Then on routine escort duty he picks up a prisoner. The prisoner turns out to be his former partner Preiswerk, and it is obvious right from the outset there is plenty of history, bad feelings and some unfinished business between them. At this stage you might think of turning it off saying to yourself, been there, seen that, but then the move begins to refocus and reshape itself. A series of sepia stills is inter-cut into the action, with no explanation. Little pieces of the plot begin to shift away from the cliché ridden as the history of the main characters slowly takes shape and with some surprises. The new pieces begin to fall into place, and each new piece of the mystery revealed only makes for another layer of complexity. Many common plot devices are used, but they are then given a tweak and twist here as the film moves ever further away from being just a string of clichés, as it develops. When push comes to shove, Decker shows scant regard for authority, taking matters into his own hands, with results that aren't unexpected. We have seen it all before, probably a hundred times over, as the past is revealed, everything is explained and all the loose ends are tied up. It would be easy to dismiss the film at this stage, but it would be wrong to do so, for it isn't just the main characters who drive the action forward, minor character are also able to shift it too, from one side or the other. What we are left with at the end is nothing really new, but a slick product nonetheless. The film does have some nice touches though, not the least being a couple of haunting tracks, sung in English by the little known Better in Springtime.

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