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Approximately 70% of the film was shot with hand-held cameras.
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Mélanie Laurent was originally set to play the role of Diane, ultimately held by Vahina Giocante.
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Philippe Haïm started working on this film by writing down everything he could about the D.G.S.E. (the French secret service) and the challenges and threats the agency seems to receive. He then proceeded to write three drafts of the script with the input of several consultants, after which co-writer Julien Sibony came in, and later Natalie Carter. Not knowing anything about the world of espionage and counter-terrorism, Sibony was able to see the script's weaknesses, such as when it was unclear for the uninitiated, and Carter was essential to develop Vahina Giocante's character Diane. In the end, the 18th draft was the shooting script, even though several changes were made while filming and even during the editing process.
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In preparation for her role, Vahina Giocante gained a basic knowledge of Arabic and developed a specific corporal demeanor for her character, who, according to director/co-writer Philippe Haïm, ages 10 years in the space of a few months.
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Nicolas Duvauchelle's first scene was his character's rape in the prison showers.
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Nicolas Duvauchelle's scene in the isolation cell was heavily improvised by the actor, with minimal direction from director Philippe Haïm
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Gérard Lanvin's involvement was essential to get the film green-lit.
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Philippe Haïm's intention with the film was to show the manipulation of "human assets" and the psychological trauma they are thus subjected to.
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The DVD features an alternate ending where Alex comes home and is surprised by his family and friends.
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