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.
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
as Commandant Susini
as Henri Pasquet
as Julien's mother
as Julien's father
as Capitaine Jousseaume
as Arresting officer
as Arresting captain
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Critic Reviews for Pour elle (Anything for Her)
Pour Elle is a smart, startling thriller; a perfect date movie for couples who like to smoke afterwards.
Cavayé's film may not be the cleverest or most credible but it packs an effective punch.
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
Get out and see this magnificent thriller before the American remake (starring Russell Crowe, planned for release later this year) steals its thunder.
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.
Audience Reviews for Pour elle (Anything for Her)
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.
Very tense and well directed, this is a decent French thriller that presents great performances by Lindon and Kruger in a plot that is generic but efficient as long as you are willing to accept its rather ludicrous premise.
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