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Franck and Simon are both good cops and partners. Simon has been troubled since he killed three in a drunk driving accident, but when Simons son witnesses a murder, and is hunted by ruthless killers, he's efficiently back.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Lindon ... Simon
Gilles Lellouche ... Franck Vasseur
Nadine Labaki ... Alice
Gilles Cohen Gilles Cohen ... Pastor
Max Baissette de Malglaive ... Théo
Medi Sadoun Medi Sadoun ... Jacquet
Velibor Topic ... Milan
Cyril Lecomte Cyril Lecomte ... Jean-Marc
Gilles Bellomi Gilles Bellomi ... Andrei
Sacha Petronijevic Sacha Petronijevic ... Pietr
Pierre Benoist Pierre Benoist ... Boris
Alexis Manenti ... Slobodan
Tomi May ... Oleg
Sofia Essaïdi Sofia Essaïdi ... Myriam
Eric Bougnon Eric Bougnon ... Karl


Franck and Simon are both good cops. They work as partners. But their lives take a tailspin when Simon, driving drunk, causes a tragic car wreck. A few years later, out of the police, he is forced to take matters into his own hands when his family is in danger. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

5 February 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Benim Hatam See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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During bedtime for Théo his father Simon talks to him about his witness: First his top of pajama is lopsided, then it's straight again. See more »


Featured in Ménage à trois: 60 jours sur Mea Culpa (2014) See more »


Les Quatre Saisons de Vivaldi
Written by Antonio Vivaldi (uncredited)
Disque Andre Charlin
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Tense and intriguing thriller with fine cast and full of surprises , twists and turns
7 May 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Violent and amazing crime thriller jammed with intense drama , top-drawer performances and spectacular action scenes . The film was noteworthy for casting some of the finest actors in France as Vincent Lindon and Gilles Lellouche .I n other ways , it feels like a tribute to ¨Polar¨ genre or French Noir Cinema , filled with exciting characters , twisted intrigues , surprising events and lots of action . Intense and intelligent thriller about Franck (Gilles Lellouche) and Simon (Vincent Lindon) are both good but violent cops . They work as police colleagues with no legal means left to them . Simon has been troubled since he killed three people in a drunk driving accident, and whose life radically changes when is accused for killing . Simon is sentenced to various years by negligence driving for homicide charges. Several years later , out of the police and divorced his wife Alice (Nadine Labaki) , Simon is a disturbing and unsettled person . Then Simons's son witnesses a killing , and he is hunted by nasty killers, as he's efficiently back . As a ruthless gang committing a series of violent murders and seeking vengeance . The essential question that lies in the film is the following : How far would you go for those you love ?

This stirring film contains action , violence , thrills , suspense and plot twists .It is a stylish , complex movie driven by character , dealing with Franck and Simon are both good cops and partners who become involved in dangerous and deadly situations . Formula thriller filled with gritty intrigue , crisply edition , tension , suspenseful and lots of violence . It is a flick of interwoven lives structured in two protagonists , crossed by a web of suspense that is resolved in the last story in a surprising finale . This serious and truly original film with groundbreaking narrative results to be a fantastically intriguing story of mobsters , violence , corruption , deceiving and killing , being very well done , swiftly paced and including a twisted screenplay . Excellent thriller in which nothing is the way it seems , the atmosphere is already tense and the twists and turns are the best part of this movie . In other ways, it feels like a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, full of attractive roles and edge-of-your-seat intrigue . Attractive characters as Vincent Lindon/Simon whose life takes a tailspin when driving drunk, causes a tragic car wreck , and after that , he is forced to take matters into his own hands when his family is in death danger . Interesting screenplay by Guillaume Lemans and Fred Cavayé himself , based on the original idea by expert Olivier Marchal , an actor/director who has written/directed sensational Fench thrillers , just like "36 Quai Des Orfèvres" or ¨36th Precinct" , ¨Gangsters¨ , ¨Diamond 13¨, ¨Mr73¨ , ¨Les Lyonnais¨ , ¨Anything for her¨ . This is a perfect thriller being starred by an all-star-cast such as Vincent Lindon as Simon whose life is turned upside down when he is accused of a car crash and Gilles Lellouche as Franck Vasseur , his best friend and partner . And , of course , a gorgeous as well as good actress Nadine Labaki as Alice , the divorced wife ; in fact ,Fred Cavayé chose this Lebanon actress Labaki for her radiant beauty, as it would make her character's ordeal all the more powerful . Good production design , and nice cinematography by Danny Elsen shot on location in Avignon, Vaucluse, Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône Gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France and Arena of Nîmes, Nîmes, Occitani(Bullfighting sequences). Excellent, moving and thrilling soundtrack by Cliff Martinez that elevates the emotion and the intensity of the scenes to new heights . The picture achieved big success and was Nominated several Cesar Awards and considered to be one of the best thrillers of the year in which you'll leave the cinema shaken and moved .

Fred Cavallé did a formidable job with this International title and filming lasted various weeks. Fred was immediately impressed with writer Guillaume Lemans's passion for the original story written by Olivier Marchal , and his vision, stating that he understood that the story was a magnificent and nail-biting thriller . Olivier Marchal is a notorious writer/director and he formerly was a police officer . As Olivier Marchal started taking acting lessons when he still was a police officer .The idea for the film came from Guillaume Lemans who was impressed by Olivier Marchal story , once Fred Cavayé got involved, the two men started out by working on the film separately before sharing their ideas , Cavayé then wrote the first draft of the screenplay himself, and so on. Cavallé is a notorious writer/director and he formerly was a fashion and advertising photographer . He has directed a few films as "The Players" with Oscar winner Jean Dujardin and another phenomenal thriller titled ¨Point blank ¨ with Gilles Lellouche , Gérard Lanvin and Elena Anaya . And , of course , his first big hit ¨Pour elle" ,France (original title or "Anything for Her" ) with Vincent Lindon , Diane Kruger , being remade in American version (2010) by Paul Haggis with Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks . Eclectic and moving, Cavallé is a successful filmmaker . Rating : 7/10 . Better than average . An exhilarating thriller that have you on the edge of the seat .

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