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Pour elle (2008)

With no legal means left to him, a high school teacher devises a daring plan to rescue his wrongfully imprisoned wife from jail.

Director:

Fred Cavayé

Writers:

Fred Cavayé (scenario), Guillaume Lemans (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Lindon ... Julien Auclert
Diane Kruger ... Lisa Auclert
Lancelot Roch Lancelot Roch ... Oscar
Olivier Marchal ... Henri Pasquet
Hammou Graïa Hammou Graïa ... Commandant Susini (as Graia Hammou)
Liliane Rovère ... Mère Julien
Olivier Perrier Olivier Perrier ... Père Julien
Moussa Maaskri ... Martial
Rémi Martin Rémi Martin ... Capitaine Jousseaume
Thierry Godard ... Pascal
Slimane Hadjar Slimane Hadjar ... David
Dorothée Tavernier Dorothée Tavernier ... Nathalie
Alaa Safi ... Moussa (as Alaa Oumouzoune)
Joseph Beddelem Joseph Beddelem ... Hassan
Ivan Franek ... Dragan
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Storyline

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...)

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

France | Spain

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

3 December 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Anything for Her See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€7,930,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,152,030 (France), 7 December 2008, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,548,779
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR (Digital)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Diane Kruger insisted on meeting with Fred Cavayé before accepting the part, as she felt that the character of Lisa wasn't fleshed out enough. As such, Kruger and Cavayé spent several months developing the character which had a significantly smaller role in the original draft. See more »

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Quotes

Julien Auclert: Get your pajamas. We're going to Grandma's.
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Connections

Remade as The Next Three Days (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Ouragan
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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Competent and surprising french thriller
6 February 2010 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Julien (Vincent Lindon) is a french bloke who's about to settle down to have a nice meal with his wife Lisa (Diane Kruger) and son, when the police raid his apartment and arrest Lisa on suspicion of murdering her boss. She's innocent, but too much plausible evidence is stacked against her and she looks set to spend a long time in jail for a crime she didn't commit. With everything going wrong, Julien mounts a plan to spring her from the nick and is driven to desperate lengths to see his plan through.

This small, independent film first took me by surprise during the opening credits which had french writing all over them. I had been looking forward to seeing Mesrine which is one of the more well known french films to have come out lately, but this looked like a normal American sort of lesser known film, but then I see it's all in french?!? Anyway, that shouldn't be a major problem and it isn't- and this is a decent thriller with quite a high concept idea behind the storyline which is driven with some solid drama and thrilling gusto. It's a bit too unremarkable to have much of an effect beyond that, but it's nice to know our continental neighbours can carry off their own legs. ***


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