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Racer and the Jailbird (2017)

Le Fidèle (original title)
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Set against the background of a brutal crime gang in Brussels, a tragic love story between Gigi, a high-flying gangster, and Bibi, a young racing driver with very upper-class roots.


Michaël R. Roskam
6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Gigi Vanoirbeek
Adèle Exarchopoulos ... Bibi Delhany
Eric De Staercke Eric De Staercke ... Freddy Delhany
Jean-Benoît Ugeux ... Serge Flamand
Nabil Missoumi Nabil Missoumi ... Younes Bouhkris
Thomas Coumans Thomas Coumans ... Bernard 'Nardo' Delhany
Nathalie Van Tongelen ... Sandra
Fabien Magry Fabien Magry ... Eric Lejeune
Sam Louwyck Sam Louwyck ... Prison manager
Stefaan Degand ... Bank manager
Kerem Can ... Bezne
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ... Monsieur Assa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aïcha Cissé Aïcha Cissé ... Female police officer 2
Vincenzo De Jonghe ... Police Officer 1
Gianni La Rocca Gianni La Rocca ... Mike


When Gino meets racing driver Bénédicte, it's love at first sight. Passionate. Unconditional. Fiery. But Gino hides has a secret. The kind of secret that can endanger your life and the lives of those ones around you. Gino and Bénédicte will have to fight against fate, reason and their own weaknesses to save their love. Written by Polly_Kat

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality, nudity, violence, and for language | See all certifications »



Belgium | France | Netherlands


French | Dutch

Release Date:

4 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Racer and the Jailbird See more »


Box Office


€8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,513, 6 May 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$46,337, 17 May 2018
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Danique Aelaerts was Adèle Exarchopoulos stunt double for the racing scenes. See more »

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Two protagonists have enough chemistry between them to generate some suspense but not enough to make the movie truly worthwhile
1 April 2018 | by kaptenvideo-89875See all my reviews

Love story between a crime gang member (Matthias Schoenaerts) and a younger upper-class girl (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who happens to be a racing driver.

It's essentially a drama with a little action, with the enjoyment largely depending on how much you care about its leads, who have made name for themselves in mostly French (language) movies.

"Le Fidèle" essentially echoes the "Romeo and Juliet" story where the two star-crossed people are divided by background but try to overcome their differences in the name of love.

The story is too shallow and straightforward to make a lasting impression but the charm of its stars just might - although the girl can become a bit annoying with her tendency to hold her mouth open like she was a young. early 2000's Angelina Jolie.

The international English title highlights one of them being a racedriver - the girl, in fact. Estonian title, "Võidusõitja ja võllaroog", is a direct translation from that, with a nice old-fashined choice of words to make it stand out a bit more.

But the original title meaning "loyal" or "faithful" is much better because:

(a) it closely follows the plot and tone, whereas the new titles makes one think of old French action comedies starring Jean-Paul Belmondo or something,

and (b) driving is actually a minor and essentially unimportant part of the experience. There's not even a standout car chase which would make sense in a story about criminal and a race driver

Actually, there's not much to say about the whole thing, especially if one tries to avoid spoilers. The general tone is dark, the stars are handsome and good enough actors to make the most of the material.

They have enough chemistry between them to generate some suspense but not enough to make the movie truly worthwhile.

"Le Fidèle" was Belgium's bet to bag a best foreign language movie Oscar this year but didn't make it among the five finalists to get nominated.

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