June 6, 2009
How far would you go for the ones you love?When a young woman (Diane Kruger) is arrested for murder all the evidence points to her. For three years her devoted husband, Julien (Vincent Lindon), fights to prove her innocence. Exhausting all legal means to free the wrongly arrested Lisa, Julien is advised to give up. Unable to watch his wife waste away and the relationship between her and their son disintegrate, he plots to break her out. With a previous escapee warning him that only a real criminal will succeed how far will he go? With the police hot on his heels, can there be a happy ending?
This is a beautifully shot French film, written and directed by Fred Cavaye. There is a wonderful focus on the relationships between Julien and each member of his family, his non-communicative father, his mother doubting the innocence of his wife, his volatile brother and, most importantly, with his son who he has to watch retreating from any contact with his wife. There is a lot of focus on body language and facial expressions which helps to build the feeling of Julien’s desperation. As you observe him develop his plan you feel his pain of each twist that hinders him.
Although the first half hour drags a little, once you see the beginnings of the escape plan forming you’ll be hooked. An emotional and enjoyable piece of French cinematography. If you like foreign thrillers you will enjoy this, if you’re waiting for the next action packed blockbuster, keep waiting.