Pour elle (Anything for Her) (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Pour elle (Anything for Her) (2008)




Critic Consensus: This taut and snappy French prison break thriller may be suspiciously implausible, but is held together by two fine central performances.

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With a loving, stable marriage of many years, a devoted son named Oscar (Lancelot Roch) and a quiet life in suburban France, life feels supremely happy for French couple Julien (Vincent Lindon) and Lisa (Diane Kruger). The household is shaken to its core, then, when an unthinkable series of events befalls the family: the police suddenly turn up and inexplicably arrest Lisa for a murder of which she appears to have no knowledge. She receives a sentence of twenty years in prison, but Julien remains convinced of her innocence - and unwilling to endure the time it will take to sort through French bureaucracy and obtain an appeal. Reeling in turmoil, Julien grows so distraught that he resorts to a desperate plan of action by deciding to spring Lisa from confinement.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Fred Cavayé, Guillaume Lemans
In Theaters:
Mars Distribution - Official Site


Hammou Graïa
as Commandant Susini
Olivier Marchal
as Henri Pasquet
Liliane Rovère
as Julien's mother
Olivier Perrier
as Julien's father
Remi Martin
as Capitaine Jousseaume
Pascal Parmentier
as Arresting officer
Kader Boukhanef
as Arresting captain
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Critic Reviews for Pour elle (Anything for Her)

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (2)

Pour Elle is a smart, startling thriller; a perfect date movie for couples who like to smoke afterwards.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Cavayé's film may not be the cleverest or most credible but it packs an effective punch.

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Propelled by tension, this gripping prison escape thriller takes the form of a beguiling morality tale as it raises unfathomable issues between right and wrong

Full Review… | October 30, 2010
Urban Cinefile

Get out and see this magnificent thriller before the American remake (starring Russell Crowe, planned for release later this year) steals its thunder.

Full Review… | April 27, 2010

The idea of an ordinary guy busting his wife out of prison sounds fairly silly, but you'll still be at the edge of your seat for most of Pour Elle.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Jam! Movies

This romance with a twist calls to mind the classy thrillers of the 70s.

Full Review… | June 12, 2009
Sunday Mail [UK]

Audience Reviews for Pour elle (Anything for Her)


A tense and well-directed French thriller with great performances by Lindon and Kruger in a plot that is pretty conventional but efficient as long as you are willing to accept its rather ludicrous premise.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Pour Elle is a well-constructed French thriller that's, at the same time, a pleasing, exciting actioner and a harrowing drama. Excellent cinematography by Alain Duplantier and outstanding work from leads Vincent Lindon and Diane Kruger make the experience all the more powerful. Remade recently as The Next Three Days with Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks.

I can't help wondering why Hollywood chose to remake this average thriller. Maybe running out of concepts? However, others might find this movie outstanding since I felt it was an ordinary one (in the near past, Winter's Bone and The Town were such movies which were great according to most people, but I found 'em mediocre. I lack the sense of appreciating certain qualities and my ignorance doesn't let me enjoy 'em as much as others can). Check it out; maybe you're blessed with the talent of discovering greatness in what I find to be quite an ordinary work.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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