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Just Before Losing Everything (2013)

Avant que de tout perdre (original title)
Miriam, with her two children, escapes her husband, whom she fears.


Xavier Legrand


Xavier Legrand
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Léa Drucker ... Miriam
Anne Benoît Anne Benoît ... Gaëlle
Miljan Châtelain ... Julien (as Miljan Chatelain)
Mathilde Auneveux Mathilde Auneveux ... Joséphine
Denis Ménochet ... Antoine
Claire Dumas ... Sophie
Stéphane Shoukroun Stéphane Shoukroun ... Didier
Brigitte Barilley ... Martine
Christian Benedetti Christian Benedetti ... M. Savelli
Catherine Lefroid Catherine Lefroid ... Mme, Bollocq
Eric Borgen Eric Borgen ... M. Biondel
Lilia Abaoub Lilia Abaoub ... Rofia
Julie Brochen Julie Brochen ... L'institutrice
Sonia Hell Sonia Hell ... La secrétaire
Justine Calame Justine Calame ... La standardiste
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Well made, but it cheats
23 February 2014 | by zetesSee all my reviews

From France, Lea Drucker stars as a woman who has decided to take her kids and leave her abusive husband once and for all. This is a good suspense piece, with the director building that suspense through some nice long takes. Still, one thought kept running through my mind: this whole situation could have easily been avoided had the woman just called the cops. This is even mentioned by her coworkers, but Drucker simply dismisses it with "I don't have time." It kind of bugged me (and the annoying woman behind me, who kept whispering loudly to her husband, "Why doesn't she just call the cops?"). It also cheats several times to enhance the suspense, taking away from the realistic situation.

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30 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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