Whether you like your films with subtitles or without, this is a movie that you simply have to see. Forget your big budget Hollywood action crap, the French just know how to do it better.
Starring Albert Dupontel (A Very Long Engagement), Caterina Murino (Casino Royale) and Stephane Debac (The Happening), the film follows Frank Adrien who is serving a prison sentence for robbing a bank. His motives were honest, he had to pay for his mute daughters specialist speech therapy, unfortunately both him and his partner got caught.
Frank has trust issues. He won’t even tell his wife, never mind his criminal partner, where he stashed the loot. This inevitably leads to an attempt on his life etc etc.
The only thing that I don’t quite get is that in a moment of weakness, he confides in his cellmate. Jean-Louis Maurel (Stehane Debac) has just been cleared of child molestation charges and is to be released. Adrien gives him a cryptic message to take to his wife. Except it turns out that Maurel is a serial killer with a psychotic wife/partner in crime. Frank escapes from prison in order to save his family and you can guess where it’s all going to lead.
Despite this one tiny plot flaw (I trust no-one, except maybe this guy over here who nobody likes but he’s been let out of prison so he’ll do) this is a fantastic piece of cinema directed by Eric Valette and it’s out on DVD now.