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Down by Love (2016)

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Based on a true story, the impossible love between a prison director and one of its female inmates.

Director:

Pierre Godeau

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Pierre Godeau (adaptation), Pierre Godeau (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adèle Exarchopoulos ... Anna Amari
Guillaume Gallienne ... Jean Firmino
Stéphanie Cléau ... Elise Firmino
Aliénor Poisson Aliénor Poisson ... Louise Firmino
Cyrielle Martinez Cyrielle Martinez ... Zoé
Selma Mansouri Selma Mansouri ... Sonia
Sabila Moussadek Sabila Moussadek ... Aïda
Julie Moulier Julie Moulier ... Pilar
Marie Rivière ... La mère d'Anna
Maryline Even Maryline Even ... Co-détenue Fleury
Olivier Foubert Olivier Foubert ... Le prof de français
Marie Berto Marie Berto ... Béatrice
Aude Briant Aude Briant ... Secrétaire Jean
Guillaume Marquet Guillaume Marquet ... Le contrôleur général des prisons
Nade Dieu Nade Dieu ... Capitaine de police
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Storyline

Already incarcerated for four years, the rebellious teenager, Anna Amari, is transferred to a women's correctional facility, where right from the start, she will catch Jean Firmino's eye, the detention centre's director. But even though Jean is over twice Anna's age, in a seemingly good marriage, with a young daughter and a good job, his dangerous and powerful obsession for the sultry inmate will soon drag them both into an all-consuming and passionate love affair. Trapped behind the prison's thick walls, Jean will do everything to snatch a brief moment with the object of his desire, taking incrementally bigger risks despite gossip and consequences. Under those circumstances, is there a future in their reckless affair? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

To Live. To Lose Reason. To Love.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 March 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Down by Love See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$390, 21 August 2016

Gross USA:

$675

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,780
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Friday Night
Written by Vincent Banville (SOCAN), Jonathan Quirion (SOCAN), Charles Vincelette (SOCAN), Jean-François Ruel (SOCAN), Pierre Savu-Masse (SOCAN), Gregory Beaudin (SOCAN)
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Bad Clichée
16 July 2016 | by annameier-88581See all my reviews

This movie really is just a bad clichée.

Mid aged prison warden (Guillaume Gallienne aged 44) falls for his much younger and very beautiful new female prisoner (Adèle Exarchopoulos aged 23).

The story line is all about his attraction for her. And it's extremely flat and boring. We don't know her objectives. Which could be made in an interesting manner, except it's not. And there is nothing extraordinarily interesting about this story, except that it is set in a prison.

The film is basically a creepy old man lusting after a beautiful young girl. Not exactly new story... There is no depht to it either, it really is as shallow as it sounds.


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