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Final Balance (2011)

Légitime défense (original title)
Benoît, jeune père de famille, mène une vie heureuse et sans histoire. Un jour, son père détective privé, disparaît mystérieusement. Benoît va découvrir la part dombre dun père quil pensait... See full synopsis »


Pierre Lacan


Alain Wagneur (novel), Pierre Lacan (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Rouve ... Benoît
Claude Brasseur ... Vautier
Olivier Gourmet ... Moret
Marie Kremer ... Jessica
Gilles Cohen Gilles Cohen ... Zamanski
Franck Tiozzo Franck Tiozzo ... Bibi
Besnik Limani Besnik Limani ... Dragan (as Bess Limani)
Nicole Valberg Nicole Valberg ... Marinette
Catherine Bary Catherine Bary ... Joëlle Fiony
Sandrine Blancke Sandrine Blancke ... Emilie, la femme de Benoît
Myriem Akheddiou ... Fuzier
David Manet David Manet ... Lherbier
Frédéric Lubansu Frédéric Lubansu ... Gaillon
Théo Saillier Théo Saillier ... Johnny
Albert Goldberg Albert Goldberg ... Pascal Fiony


Benoît, jeune père de famille, mène une vie heureuse et sans histoire. Un jour, son père détective privé, disparaît mystérieusement. Benoît va découvrir la part dombre dun père quil pensait connaître. Et pour la première fois, il va devoir se battre pour sauver sa peau et protéger les siens.

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Release Date:

16 March 2011 (France) See more »

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Final Balance See more »


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2.35 : 1
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Pierre Lacan's "Légitime Défense" depicts how a common man protects his family ?
18 November 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Films with violence do not shock audiences unless they have something which can induce viewers to leave their seats as if they have been completely dominated by fear. A similar violent scene involving a small baby being thrown into water has been featured in 'final balance' /'Légitime Défense' which can be labeled a "responsible thriller".The welfare and well being of a family is at the heart of this film's narrative thread. Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet gives new dimensions to his villainous role. Although French actor Jean Paul Rouve gives a very restrained performance, he does not miss any opportunity to portray his part of a dedicated family man. He conveys that he would do anything in order to protect his father, mother and child from dangers. Lastly, a mention must also be made of French actor Claude Brasseur who shines in a small but important role. Watching him perform nicely, one learns that he has aged for sure but continues to carry considerable charm.

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