Down By Love (Éperdument) (2016)

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Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) sizzles in this story of a young inmate who falls for her married prison director (Guillaume Gallienne, Yves Saint Laurent). The film is based on true events that occurred in a Versailles prison in 2011, causing a national scandal.

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Godeau doesn't seem all that bothered with character motivations and backstories.

Aug 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Their romance is based on a true story that occurred in a Versailles detention center in 2011, yet it rings false because the actors lack chemistry and their individual narratives are nebulous.

Aug 15, 2016 | Full Review…

While Exarchopoulos's character is adolescently unfocused, the actress herself is naturally compelling.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Writer/director Pierre Godeau proves hotter on context than character. The result's non-judgemental but emotionally parched.

Jan 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Godeau reaches out frantically for material that might give the pair's encounters any measure of dramatic heft.

Dec 31, 2016 | Full Review…

The "true story" inspiration does not help, either. The more one reads about the real case, the nastier it seems. It makes Godeau's version look deeply vapid.

Aug 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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