The story follows a happily married couple, still passionately in love, who lead a normal life together with their young son Oscar. But their lives are turned upside down when one morning, completely out of the blue, the police come to arrest Lisa for a brutal murder. She is found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison which threatens to break the family apart. Julien makes it his mission to prove his wife's innocence and will stop at nothing to get her out of prison. But is Lisa innocent and how far will Julien go to save her?
Fred Cavayé’s debut is a rousing throwback to the French thrillers of Delon and Belmondo’s 1970s heyday. Regardless of the periodic need to suspend disbelief, teacher Vincent Lindon’s bid to spring wife Diane Kruger from prison is full of unanswered questions and tense set-pieces. Despite a fuzzy flashback, it can never be taken for granted that Kruger is innocent of the murder for which she gets 20 years, an element of doubt that deprives Lindon’s plan of heroism and makes his escape plan all the more deliciously reckless.
While never exactly Bressonian, the breakout is meticulously and credibly staged.
Engaging in places and interesting in its influences.