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Down by Love (2016)

Éperdument (original title)
Based on a true story, the impossible love between a prison director and one of its female inmates.


Pierre Godeau


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




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


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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To Live. To Lose Reason. To Love.


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Anna Amari: [after having sex] Once more. Come on Jean, fuck me one last time. I'm so crazy about you. Just one last time.
Jean Firmino: You've said that three times. I can't Anna, I've emptied my entire tank for you.
Anna Amari: I'll make you hard again after I blow you. After that, we can fuck again.
Jean Firmino: I love you Anna, but I have other places to go.
Anna Amari: "My lips, refuse passage to the words I seek to frame. Some strong power urges me to speak, and a stronger one holds me back. I call you all to witness, o heavenly powers, I do not want that...
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Written by Iggy Azalea (as I. Azalea), Jon Shave (as J. Shave), Fki 1st (as M. Roberts), Natalie Lauren Sims (as N. Sims), Jason Pebworth (as J. Pebworth), George Astasio (as G. Astasio)
Performed by Iggy Azalea
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Astasio Music Ltd. - Pebworth Music Ltd.
2013 Virgin EMI Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
Authorised by EMI Music Publishing France, de Sony ATV Music Publishing France, Kobalt Music Publishing and Universal Music Vision. All rights reserved.
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Exarchopoulos + Gallienne the reason to watch the movie
4 March 2016 | by caleon99See all my reviews

I gave seven for the absolutely mesmerizing cast. This couple formed by Guillaume Gallienne (Les garçons et Guillaume à table, Yves Saint Laurent), one of the most versatile and surprising French actors (he's also part of la Comedy Francaise theater company), always powerful in his creativity, and a very talented young actress,like Adele Exarchopoulos (La vie d'Adele) who can explode with emotions, seemed odd on paper but it works, like all the other actors (notable mention to the wonderful Stephanie Cleau). Fortunately, I must say, because the director Pierre Godeau, doesn't seem able to cope properly with the sensitive matter in the plot. A love story in prison between the jail director and a prisoner, inspired to a real fact that happened to "Emma" , a young woman involved in France, in the vicious kidnapping and homicide of a young Jewish man by a street gang. None of the criminal case is present in the movie. Godeau sublimates the characters in the world apart of the prison, which can be cool, but he hasn't a real direction. Here everything is left in mid-air, or reduced to simplistic answers. The actors nonetheless make the movie compelling.

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Release Date:

2 March 2016 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$390, 21 August 2016

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2.35 : 1
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