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Maryland (2015)

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Vincent is an ex-soldier with PTSD who is hired to protect the wife and child of a wealthy Lebanese businessman while he's out of town. Despite the apparent tranquility in Maryland, Vincent perceives an external threat.

Director:

Alice Winocour

Writers:

Alice Winocour, Jean-Stéphane Bron (in collaboration with)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Vincent
Diane Kruger ... Jessie
Paul Hamy Paul Hamy ... Denis
Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant ... Ali
Percy Kemp Percy Kemp ... Imad Whalid
Victor Pontecorvo ... Tom
Michaël Dauber Michaël Dauber ... Kevin (as Michaël Daubert)
Franck Torrecillas Franck Torrecillas ... Franck
Chems Eddine Chems Eddine ... Tarik
Philippe Haddad Philippe Haddad ... Pierre Duroy
Jean-Louis Coulloc'h ... Le médecin militaire
Hubert Rollet Hubert Rollet ... Examinateur test auditif
Rachid Hafassa Rachid Hafassa ... Hassin
David Léotard David Léotard ... Dimitri (as David Colombo)
Rabia Elatache Rabia Elatache ... Souad
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Vincent Loreau (Matthias Schoenaerts), a French Special Forces soldier just back from Afghanistan, is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is hired to ensure the safety of Jessie, the wife of a wealthy Lebanese businessman in his "Maryland" property in the South of France. While he feels a strange fascination for the woman he must protect, Vincent is prone to anxiety and hallucinations. Despite the apparent tranquility on "Maryland", Vincent perceives an external threat... Written by Polly_Kat

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disorder See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,000, 12 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,000, 12 August 2016
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1.85 : 1
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Diane Kruger was cast because director Alice Winocour thought that she would be perfect for a trophy wife. See more »

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References The Visitors (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Cada Vez (Que Te Veo)
Performed by Negrocan
Written by Andy Lafone
Copyright Wyze Music Ltd & Viceroy Music Ltd/Bucks Music Group
With the authorization of David Platz Music - Paris
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Intriguing Twist on PTSD Story
20 March 2016 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

In a twist on the story of a combat veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder attempting to adjust to civilian life, director Alice Winocour realigns the balance of the narrative to focus as much on romance and one woman's perspective as action and a psychologically wounded man.

Vincent takes odd jobs as he lobbies to return to combat as a soldier. Despite its inherent dangers, combat at least is a place where he has a mission and purpose. Civilian life is not so kind. It is confusing, degrading and offers little in the way of sympathy for what Vincent has been through. A side job as part of a security team, together with his military pals, takes Vincent to a mansion, party and pretty woman who attracts his eyes and focus. In the ensuing days Vincent is drawn into a personal security detail for her. When she is targeted for kidnapping, the pair must draw upon not just Vincent's military training, but upon their basic qualities as human beings. Because each of them has moved in different spheres until then, this may not work so well.

The sound selections and wounded hero narrative are reminiscent of the Nicolas Winding Refn films that I love. However, Winocour cannot quite match Refn's levels of tension, chemistry and spectacle. I admire the acting of Matthias Schoenaerts and he does not disappoint here. While the film has some potential to live up to, there is ample suspense and intrigue inside the characters and the scenes that envelop them. Seen at the 2016 Miami International Film Festival.


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