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Vincent Loreau (Matthias Schoenaerts), a French Special Forces soldier just back from Afghanistan, is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is hired to ensure the safety of Jessie, the wife of a wealthy Lebanese businessman in his "Maryland" property in the South of France. While he feels a strange fascination for the woman he must protect, Vincent is prone to anxiety and hallucinations. Despite the apparent tranquility on "Maryland", Vincent perceives an external threat...Written by
Alice Winocour told that she liked the idea that on the French Riviera, which is always represented as beautiful beaches and sun, it should rain constantly. During the shooting, the cast and crew were stuck in the house and there were incredible storms. Sometimes it was even difficult for the sound to record it. All the beaches were damaged because of the storms. See more »
Matthias Schoenaerts plays Vincent, a soldier who has returned from Afghanistan and is now suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He is signed off from duties and so gets to work as a hired security guard. One of his friends gets him a gig working for a wealthy, but decidedly shady, Lebanese businessman.
Once there he becomes enamoured with his very attractive wife (Diane Kruger) and ends up being assigned to watch over her as a personal bodyguard. He is still dealing with PTSD and the effects of having served as Special Forces and so is on edge and sees danger where it may not be. However, he soon feels that she and her son are under threat and then – well it all kicks off but to say anymore would be a plot spoiler.
Now the part of Vincent was written with Schoenaerts in mind and he does a very good job indeed (I have PTSD so could spot some of the subtleties) but the tension and atmosphere that is engendered at the beginning then starts to fade as the plot reveals itself. The story is fairly good though and the ending may bemuse some but the overall journey is one that is worth the effort. In French with good sub titles this will appeal to lovers of thrillers but it is not one that is too taxing on the intellect.
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