Pour elle (Anything for Her) 2008

Anything for Her

Critics 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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Movie Info

Julien Auclert (Vincent Lindon) and his wife, Lisa (Diane Kruger), live a peaceful life in the French suburbs with their son, Oscar (Lancelot Roch). Their world is shattered when, one night, the police storm their house and arrest Lisa on suspicion of murder. Several years later, Julien learns that Lisa, who is diabetic and now serving a 20-year prison sentence, is refusing her insulin. Knowing that Lisa is on the verge of giving up, he hatches a risky plan to break her out of jail.

Cast & Crew

Olivier Marchal
Henri Pasquet
Hammou Graïa
Commandant Susini
Liliane Rovère
La mère de Julien
Olivier Perrier
Le père de Julien
Rémi Martin
Capitaine Jousseaume
Fred Cavayé
Screenwriter
Christine De Jekel
Executive Producer
Klaus Badelt
Original Music
Alain Duplantier
Cinematographer
Benjamin Weill
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Critic Reviews for Pour elle (Anything for Her)

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Audience Reviews for Pour elle (Anything for Her)

  • Jul 20, 2014
    While driving around Paris with a bloodied body in his back seat, Julien(Vincent Lindon), a university professor, thinks back on happier times like him and his beautiful wife Lisa(Diane Kruger) going at it like rabbits, even with the infant son they have. That all changes when Lisa is convicted of killing her boss. Fearing that she cannot survive prison for long, Julien gets desperate thoughts in what he can do to help. "Pour Elle" is a Hollywood-style thriller about the crazy things we do for love that of course Hollywood screwed up when it turned it into "The Next Three Days" by taking the former's elegant shorthand and turning it into the latter's drawn out longhand. Plus, I'll take the more vulnerable and expressive Vincent Lindon over Russell Crowe. Granted, "Pour Elle" still is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, as it suffers from a daft plot and a mismatched couple. But it moves so quickly that it does not really allow the audience to ask many questions along the way.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2012
    A really gripping thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2012
    Gripping, fast-paced and moving drama/thriller where an "ordinary" man is faced with extraordinary and seemingly insurmountable difficulties. There's an edge of realism here that keeps everything small-scale even amidst the high concept. Excellent performances from Vincent Lindon and Diane Kruger and kinetic direction from Fred Cavayé. Remade as the American blockbuster "The Next Three Days" starring Russell Crowe (therefore instantly missing the point of the 'everyman' factor).
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2011
    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 s Super Reviewer

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