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Les mains libres (2010)

Barbara is a filmmaker who has been working in the prison environment for a few years now. She is preparing a film written and directed by long-term inmates in a prison in the projects ... See full summary »

Director:

Brigitte Sy

Writers:

Brigitte Sy (scenario), Gaëlle Macé (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronit Elkabetz ... Barbara
Carlo Brandt ... Michel
Noémie Lvovsky ... Rita
Camille Figuereo Camille Figuereo ... Chloé
Adama Doumbia Adama Doumbia ... Roel
Denis Maréchal Denis Maréchal ... Fifi
Gurgon Kyap Gurgon Kyap ... James
Abdelhafid Metalsi Abdelhafid Metalsi ... Mouloud (as Abdelhafid Métalsi)
Xavier Legrand ... Laurent
Ahmed M'Hemdi Ahmed M'Hemdi ... Bouda
François Négret François Négret ... Sergueï
Alain Ollivier Alain Ollivier ... Le directeur de la prison
Sasha Andres Sasha Andres ... Marie-Pierre (as Sasha Andrès)
Dominique Frot ... La juge
Mireille Roussel Mireille Roussel ... La tireuse de carte
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Barbara is a filmmaker who has been working in the prison environment for a few years now. She is preparing a film written and directed by long-term inmates in a prison in the projects around Paris. Twice a week, Barbara goes to the prison where she shoots interviews with the inmates which will serve as a basis for the writing of their screenplay. But Barbara has encountered Michel, one of the inmates of the group. Their love affair will lead her to break the law.

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Official Sites:

Chrysalis Films [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

16 June 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Free Hands See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Bars
22 September 2011 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

I watched this at the Berlin Festival this year and while I had no idea what it was about at the beginning, it did capture my attention. The characters are really well drawn and played. It is played from a woman's point of view, but as can be seen by the other reviewer (up til now), it does have an effect on men too.

Still its human drama and slow pace will not appeal to the masses and it feels a bit like a TV movie too (drama wise that is, though TV movies, especially the ones coming from America, have upped the ante). I would suggest a rent first, then buy if you liked it method, just to be sure not to be disappointed.


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