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À moi seule (2012)

The girl Gaëlle Faroult is kidnapped at school when she is about eight by Vincent Maillard that imprisons her at the basement of his isolated house but provides everything she needs. Along ... See full summary »

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Frédéric Videau

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Frédéric Videau (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Agathe Bonitzer Agathe Bonitzer ... Gaëlle Faroult
Reda Kateb ... Vincent Maillard
Hélène Fillières ... Anne Morellini
Noémie Lvovsky ... Sabine Faroult
Jacques Bonnaffé ... Yves Faroult
Grégory Gadebois ... Frank
Marie Payen Marie Payen ... Juliette, la femme du train
Margot Couture Margot Couture ... Gaëlle à 10 ans
Makita Samba Makita Samba ... Timothée
Pascal Cervo ... Le médecin de garde
Cyril Troley ... Walter
Arnaud Churin Arnaud Churin ... Le contrôleur
Aurélia Hollart Aurélia Hollart ... Force de l'ordre
Thierry Bordes Thierry Bordes ... Force de l'ordre
Richard Pigree Richard Pigree ... Force de l'ordre
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The girl Gaëlle Faroult is kidnapped at school when she is about eight by Vincent Maillard that imprisons her at the basement of his isolated house but provides everything she needs. Along the years, Gaëlle unsuccessfully tries to escape. But when she is seventeen, Vincent surprisingly let her go. Now Gaëlle has problems to adapt to her family and the outside world. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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France

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French

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4 April 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Coming Home See more »

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Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Promising Storyline Wasted in Poor and Messy Screenplay, Edition and Characters Development
8 October 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The girl Gaëlle Faroult is kidnapped at school when she is about eight by Vincent Maillard (Reda Kateb) that imprisons her at the basement of his isolated house but provides everything she needs. Along the years, Gaëlle (Agathe Bonitzer) unsuccessfully tries to escape. But when she is seventeen, Vincent surprisingly let her go. Now Gaëlle has problems to adapt to her family and the outside world.

"À moi seule" is one of those films with a promising storyline with great potential, telling the story of a girl that is kidnapped at school when she is about eight and the difficulties of adaptation to her family when she is finally released by the kidnapper when she is a seventeen year-old teenager. The storyline of the recent and awarded "Room" (2015) has many elements from "À moi seule", but with an excellent screenplay. Unfortunately the promising storyline is wasted in poor and messy screenplay, edition and characters development. The first question about "À moi seule" is why the lonely Vincent kidnapped Gaëlle? His motives are never clear. Did he intend to raise a child expecting the connection of "Stockholm Syndrome" when she reaches adulthood? If yes, it does not make any sense the whole story. The second point is who is Vincent and Gaëlle's parents? The screenplay shows points of their relationship in a shallow way only. Last but not the least, a non-linear screenplay shall be very well-written to let the viewer understand events from the past that are affecting the character in the present. However the flashbacks are confused and the viewer does not immediately understand that it is a flashback scene. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "De Volta Para Casa" ("Back Home")


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