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Anything for Her (2008)

  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 3,398 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 3 December 2008 (France)
  • Runtime: 96 min
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Anything for Her (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Anything for Her (2008)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 3,398 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 3 December 2008 (France)
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Filming Location: Almonte, Huelva, Andalucía, Spain
  • Budget: €7,930,000(estimated)
  • Gross: €2,920,345(France)(28 December 2008)
  • Director: Fred Cavayé
  • Stars: Vincent Lindon, Diane Kruger and Lancelot Roch
  • Original Music By: Klaus Badelt   
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby SR (Digital)
  • Plot Keyword: Murder | Arrest | Police | Prison | Jail

Writing Credits By:

  • Fred Cavayé (scenario) &
  • Guillaume Lemans (scenario)
  • Guillaume Lemans (original idea)

Known Trivia

  • The idea for the film came from Guillaume Lemans. 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.
  • Fred Cavayé and Guillaume Lemans didn’t do an enormous amount of research as they didn’t want the audience to forget that the hero in an ordinary person, an amateur, who doesn’t really know how to proceed.
  • Fred Cavayé chose Diane Kruger for her radiant beauty, as it would make her character’s ordeal all the more powerful.
  • Diane Kruger insisted on meeting with Fred Cavayé before accepting the part, as she felt that the character of Lisa wasn’t fleshed out enough. As such, Kruger and Cavayé spent several months developing the character which had a significantly smaller role in the original draft.
  • 150 children auditioned for the role of Oscar. Fred Cavayé originally wanted a five-year old but found that it would be unmanageable with the two hours of daily legally allocated work time, and thus set his eyes on a younger-looking, shy six-year old. Newcomer Lancelot Roch was eventually chosen for his resemblance with Diane Kruger.
  • All the prison scenes and the studio interiors were shot in chronological order as Fred Cavayé felt it would be important for the actors and the evolution of their characters.
  • The prison seen in the film is actually a combination of three filming locations: the exteriors are that of the Meaux prison, some 40 kilometers east of Paris, the entrance corridors are part of the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris and the other interiors (the cell, the visiting room) are studio sets.
  • Filming lasted eleven weeks.
  • Klaus Badelt came onto the project at a late stage, and watched the film with Fred Cavayé to see where music was needed. Though Badelt felt the film already worked without music, Cavayé found that his work, which was recorded at London’s Abbey Road studios, elevated the intensity and the emotion of the scenes to new heights.

Plot: With no legal means left to him, a high school teacher devises a daring plan to rescue his wrongfully imprisoned wife from jail. Full summary » |  »

Story: Lisa and Julien are married and lead a happy uneventful life with their son Oscar. But their life radically changes one morning, when the police comes to arrest Lisa on murder charges. She's sentenced to 20 years of prison. Convinced of his wife's innocence, Julien decides to act. How far will he be willing to go for her?Written by Happy_Evil_Dude  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Christine De Jekel known as executive producer
  • Olivier Delbosc known as producer
  • Eric Jehelmann known as producer
  • Marc Missonnier known as producer
  • Fernando Victoria de Lecea known as line producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Vincent Lindon known as Julien Auclert
  • Diane Kruger known as Lisa Auclert
  • Lancelot Roch known as Oscar
  • Olivier Marchal known as Henri Pasquet
  • Hammou Graïa known as Commandant Susini (as Graia Hammou)
  • Liliane Rovère known as Mère Julien
  • Olivier Perrier known as Père Julien
  • Moussa Maaskri known as Martial
  • Rémi Martin known as Capitaine Jousseaume
  • Thierry Godard known as Pascal
  • Slimane Hadjar known as David
  • Dorothée Tavernier known as Nathalie
  • Alaa Safi known as Moussa (as Alaa Oumouzoune)
  • Joseph Beddelem known as Hassan
  • Ivan Franek known as Dragan
  • Pascal Parmentier known as Policier arrestation
  • Kader Boukhanef known as Capitaine arrestation
  • Odile Roire known as Maitre Thomassin
  • Martine Vandeville known as Infirmière hôpital
  • Gilles Kneuse known as Médecin hôpital (as Gilles Kneusé)
  • Nathalie Bécue known as Gardienne pariair (as Nathalie Becue)
  • Frédéric Maranber known as Docteur gardes
  • Marie-France Santon known as Infirmière prison
  • Pierre Benoist known as Policier voiture Lisa
  • Patrick Doud known as Monsieur Bathany
  • Diane Stolojan known as Madame Meyral
  • Mika Ela Fisher known as Femme tatouage (as Mika'ela Fisher)
  • Flore Vannier-Moreau known as Baby-sitter
  • Smadi Wolfman known as Femme parc
  • Olivier Francart known as Auto-stoppeur #1
  • Marie Lombard known as Auto-stoppeur #2
  • Nasser Elabouti known as Policier heige
  • Albert Jeunehomme known as Douaier aéroport #1 (as Jeunehomme Albert)
  • Andreas Christou known as Douaier aéroport #2
  • Corentin Daumas known as L'élève Corentin
  • Marc Robert known as Capitaine Rouxel
  • Vincent Dubois known as Capitaine Caillart
  • Stephane Lagoutte known as French policeman (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Fabienne Robineau known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Thomas Akoka known as painter
  • Khadija Ben Mustapha known as assistant art director
  • Khadija Ben Mustapha known as assistant set decorator
  • Anne Bourleyre known as assistant art director
  • Frédéric Cambon known as assistant art director
  • Nicolas Decaux known as supervising rigger
  • Imanol Echeverría known as property master
  • Félix Roue known as swing gang
  • Tara Roy known as property master




Production Companies:

  • Fidélité Films (presents)
  • Wild Bunch (in association with)
  • TF1 Films Production (in co-production with)
  • Jerico (in co-production with)
  • TPS Star (with the participation of)

Other Companies:

  • Abbey Road Studios  music recorded at
  • Elle Driver  international sales agency
  • Film Music Services  composer's agency
  • Film Music Services  music supervision
  • Wild Bunch  sales


  • Benelux Film Distributors (2008) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Broadmedia Studios (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • E1 Films Canada (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Les Films Séville (2009) (Canada) (theatrical) (French speaking region)
  • Mars Distribution (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • CatchPlay (2010) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Cinema Mondo (2009) (Finland) (all media)
  • Les Films Séville (200?) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Metrodome Distribution (2009) (UK) (all media)
  • Vendetta Films (2010) (New Zealand) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Duboi

Visual Effects by:

  • Alain Carsoux known as visual effects supervisor
  • Brice Colinet known as visual effects coordinator
  • Natalène Darfeuille known as visual effects production assistant
  • Séverine De Wever known as visual effects coordinator
  • Pierre Gosset known as digital compositor
  • Guillaume Le Gouez known as visual effects supervisor
  • Vincent Maulandi known as assistant visual effects coordinator
  • Fredrik Monteil known as digital compositor
  • Frank Petit known as digital compositor
  • Joel Pinto known as visual effects supervisor
  • Florian Senand known as digital compositor
  • Jeremy Séguin known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • France 30 October 2008 (limited)
  • France 7 November 2008 (Festival International du Film d'Arras)
  • France 12 November 2008 (Festival du Film de Sarlat)
  • France 14 November 2008 (Festival International musique et Cinema Auxerre France)
  • France 3 December 2008
  • Switzerland 3 December 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Belgium 31 December 2008
  • Germany 5 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • Sweden 22 May 2009
  • Ireland 5 June 2009
  • Turkey 5 June 2009
  • UK 5 June 2009
  • Canada 12 June 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Finland 3 July 2009
  • Poland 16 July 2009
  • Canada 31 July 2009 (Vancouver)
  • Mexico 11 September 2009 (Tour de Cine Francés en México)
  • Germany 16 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 27 February 2010
  • New Zealand 22 April 2010
  • Denmark 8 July 2010
  • Mexico 28 January 2011



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. R M from London, England
    30 Mar 2012, 6:57 pm

    I was pleasantly surprised by this movie.

    Of course the whole idea of the plot is not very believable, anordinary man trying to get his ordinary wife to escape from prison.That is the downpoint of the film.

    However, through the great performances by both actors Vincent Lindonand Diane Kruger, and the wonderful chemistry between them, youactually care for them, and understand the psychological motivation ofthe husband. Add to that the perfectly paced development of the story,and you end up with a solid, entertaining thriller with real emotions.

    In my opinion, you forget the unrealistic aspect of a film when theperformance(s) of the actor(s) are deep and the emotions strong. So forme, even though this film provides nothing new, it is a brilliantlyexecuted thriller.

  2. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    30 Mar 2012, 6:57 pm

    The family man and school teacher Julien Auclert (Vincent Lindon) hashis life turned upside down when his beloved wife Lisa (Diane Kruger)is arrested, accused for murdering her boss, and sent to the prison.Along three years, Julien raises their son Oscar (Lancelot Roch) aloneand appeals to the court; however, the evidences against Lisa are solid– the motive, since she had and argument with her boss; herfingerprints in the murder weapon, a fire extinguisher; blood stain inher coat; and a witness that saw her leaving the parking lot – and herlawyer exhausts all the possible resources in justice. Julien believesin the innocence of his wife and interviews Henri Pasquet (OlivierMarchal), a former escapee from prison, to learn how to plan a prisonbreak. Then he plots a scheme to release Lisaa and travel abroad withOscar and her. However, he needs documents for the family; an escapeplan; and lots of money. When Julien is informed that Lisa will betransferred to another prison within the next three days, he needs toraise a large amount and anticipate his strategy before thetransference.

    "Pour Elle" is another great French thriller, with an engaging anddramatic story. Vincent Lindon has an awesome performance in the roleof a man that risks his stable life to rescue his wife, who was wronglyaccused of murder, from prison.

    A couple of days ago (02 April 2011), my wife and I saw the Americanpopcorn movie "The Next Three Days" and in that occasion I wrote inIMDb "a good thriller that could have been excellent with minormodifications in the screenplay". I have glanced the review of anotherIMDb User informing that the American movie is a remake of "Pour Elle"and I have just watched it. It is amazing the lack of creation of thisformer successful American industry that insists in the remake of greatfilms.

    "Pour Elle" is realistic, without the exaggeration of "The Next ThreeDays" and for me better and better. My vote is eight.

    Title (Brazil): "Tudo por Ela" ("Everything for Her")

  3. nhenryv from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 6:57 pm

    This is a terrific film ,and does exactly what cinema should do – itmakes you think, and is very entertaining. You can't just slump infront of a film like this, shovelling popcorn down your front. You haveto join in. What would YOU do if someone you loved so passionately waswronged by the law? This takes it to the full extent; taking the lawinto your own hands – its spaghetti era Eastwood – type storytelling,told with passion, humour and guile. Cinematically, its great – howcome the French so seldom make bad looking films? The acting isfantastic, with both leads acquitting themselves with great style. Likemost good thriller films, it goes close to stretching credibility attimes, but never veers into the ridiculous or implausible. Also weavedinto the film is a vein of good fortune which drives the story alongand seems in the end to be their just dessert. One small criticism; itseemed set up for a sequel – surely film makers of such taste would notlead down that road? No sequel thanks -it stands as a great piece ofwork as it is.Leave well alone.

  4. gradyharp from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:57 pm

    TOUT POUR ELLE (Anything for Her) was the original story and film fromwhich THE NEXT THREE DAYS was adapted. In many ways this film is atleast as strong as the Paul Haggis version with Russell Crowe. Here thecredits are due to the imagination of writers Fred Cavayé and GuillaumeLemans and directed by Fred Cavayé. It is a very fine character driventhriller that while it may appear incredible to most, it is nonethelessan involving story of a man's love and commitment to his wife.

    Julien (an impressive Vincent Lindon) is a schoolteacher who has ahappy home life with his beautiful wife Lisa (Diane Kruger) and sonOscar (Lancelot Roch). During a quiet evening at home they aredisturbed by policemen who arrest Lisa for a murder she claims she didnot commit. Jump three years and Julien has been working with lawyers,spending their paltry savings, on getting appeals to get Lisa releasedfrom jail. He gets moral support from his parents (Liliane Rovère andOlivier Perrier) but sees his family falling apart. After three yearshave passed and when all legal portals fail, Lisa attempts suicide andJulien decides the only way to get Lisa out of prison is to aid in herescape. He visits writer Henri Pasquet (Olivier Marchal) who hasescaped from prison several times and outlines the dangers AND the onlysecure methods for affecting a prison escape. John slowly andmethodically prepares for the escape, gaining money by contacting druglord Mouss (Alaa Safi), commits some crimes of his own as hemasterminds his plan to successfully extract Lisa from prison. Thereare many twists and turns to the story, well written subplots andunexpected coincidences, all populated with a very strong cast ofcapable actors. It is a tense little French film that may not have thebetter known cast of its later American successor, but it works on avery different level and is a solid psychological thriller.

    Grady Harp

  5. Framescourer from London, UK
    30 Mar 2012, 6:57 pm

    A fairly stylish thriller that holds up well against its obvious,recent peers: 36 Quai des Orfèvres; I've Loved You So Long; Tell NoOne. Well, it's not quite as intriguing as 36 and abandons all thepotential psychodrama that made I've Loved You So Long so coiled andintense but where 'Pour Elle' matches its comparitors is in the bondbetween the protagonists, cruelly torn from one another by chance andin this way is closest to Tell No One (oh, and both use Mikaela Fisheras a sinister female presence). The early setup is economical makingthe injustice all the more insufferable. It also makes it easier towork with the otherwise terminally bourgeois Julien (Lindon) whodetermines to spring his wife when all else has failed. His acting -and that of the apparently bilingual Diane Kruger, not just a prettyface – carry the day.

    I was entertained although I would loved to have seen a more focusedapproach to Julien's dealing with the underworld he must dirty himselfin, and the statutory failings that force his hand. 6/10

  6. rowiko from Narashino City/Chiba, Japan
    30 Mar 2012, 6:57 pm

    So, what would YOU do if your spouse is convicted on a murder chargeand sentenced to 20 years in jail? The film explores to what lengthssomeone might go, and it takes the viewer on a journey that is anythingbut expected. And it does it in convincing style and fashion and hasyou glued to your seat from beginning to end.

    OK, Julien enters a world that makes him do things that we should byrights not find acceptable. And yet, one can do nothing but root forhim to succeed, regardless of his methods.

    I absolutely loved the power and speed of this film. It'saction-packed, but also has a lot of depth.

    A superb thriller throughout!

  7. Grann-Bach ( from Denmark
    30 Mar 2012, 6:57 pm

    With his wife(17 years younger, hotter and less brooding) stuck in jailfacing 20 years for a murder she clearly did not commit(and all theevidence against her is circumstantial… do French police suck thishard? In general, they are painted in a rather negative light in this,quite unnecessarily), Julien(the swimming teacher from Welcome) seeksto free her so that they can be reunited and spend the rest of theirlives together, and with their son(who, other than badly needing towear a cowbell, doesn't contribute much to this other than being "cute"and a single running theme overly easily solved… and it's not theonly thing this sets up that doesn't lead to anything). High hopesaside, he's only a schoolteacher… could he really pull it off? Thegradual pace leaves this feeling longer than the 96 minute runningtime, though it is quite tense and fairly gripping. You care aboutthese people, and you definitely *feel* the impact of every blow dealt.The exciting third act has you so consistently on the edge of yourseat, you're liable to fall off. Throughout, this is filmed and editedwell. All of the performances are excellent… including thesix-year-old(no, really). Part of the way, this is realistic, and itcertainly does surprise you. The writing is mostly solid. There is alittle brutal, bloody violence in this. I recommend it to fans ofcrime-thrillers. 7/10

  8. badajoz-1 from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 6:57 pm

    A very good French thriller – pacy, believable, you care for the maincharacters, and the ultimate element in a good thriller 'They can'tpossibly pull it off – can they?' The story is of a wife wronglyimprisoned for murder, who can't hack prison, so that her ordinaryhusband has to devise a way of freeing her and getting away with it! At96 minutes it works, except for a bit of slackness in the middle, withexcellent acting, good cutting, some controlled violence,and sex thatis integral to the plot and motivation. Simple driving theme with apowerful elliptical turn of good and bad, when you expect a dolefulFrench cinematic ending or a hail of bullets at any moment in theconclusion gives some very good entertainment – something Hollywoodseems to have lost amidst CGI-fests. One word of caution to PaulHaggis, who is slated to direct a US version, no star face in the leadmale role or the whole delicate structure will be fatally undermined.

  9. Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.
    30 Mar 2012, 6:57 pm

    Julien (Vincent Lindon) is an unprepossessing French teacher, happilymarried to Lisa (Diane Kruger), a wife he deeply loves. Their idyllicsuburban life is rudely interrupted, however, when the policeshockingly crash their home and arrest Lisa on suspicion of the brutalmurder of her boss. With Lisa's fingerprints on the weapon, and thevictim's blood on her jacket, she is found guilty and sentenced totwenty years in prison. If you like your suspense powerful andunnerving, do not hesitate to seek out Anything For Her (Pour Elle),the debut effort of French director Fred Cavayé, an enormouslyentertaining thriller that delivers a high level of satisfaction.

    Imprisoned for a crime she probably did not commit (the director offerstwo possible scenarios but it is clear which one is the more likely),Lisa, still proclaiming her innocence, faces long, dark days aheadwithout her husband and their young son Oscar (Lancelot Roch).Overwhelmed with sadness, Julien becomes single-minded in his drive toreunite the family. After three years, when his attorney tells him thatLisa stands no chance before the Appeals Court and Lisa becomessuicidal, refusing to take her insulin shots, Julien knows that he musttake matters into his own hands and will stop at nothing to accomplishhis goal.

    Locating an ex-con who has written books about his attempts to breakout of jail, Julien convinces him to tutor him on the do's and don'tsof prison escape, telling the ex-con that he wants to teach theauthor's experience to his students. His ultimate plan, though, is notrevealed either to Lisa, Julien's parents (Liliane Rovere and OlivierPerrier), or to the audience, which serves to greatly enhance thesuspense. To save the woman he loves from certain death in prison,however, Julien must transform himself from laid-back school teacher toaction hero, pushing himself far beyond the limits of what isreasonable. While attempting to obtain false papers and new identities,he comes into contact with some very unpleasant local criminal typesand finds himself no longer reluctant to use violence to accomplish hisends.

    Supported by an excellent script by the director, outstandingcinematography by Alain Duplaintier, and a moody score by Klaus Badelt,Anything For Her is entertaining, riveting, and ultimately a verymoving love story. None of it would be very convincing, however, if notfor the outstanding performances of Lindon and Kruger, especiallyLindon whose sudden personality change requires great skill to pulloff. Lindon's eyes convey powerful emotion that is not desperation buta strong and unyielding determination that serves as a catalyst for theevents that build to the film's heart pounding climax. AlthoughAnything For Her has been criticized for being "implausible", when anindividual's every act is consumed with passion and overwhelmingintention, then the implausible will most certainly become theexpected.

  10. Neil Welch from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 6:57 pm

    Knowing virtually nothing about this film before I went in (I was theonly one in the cinema), I was surprised to find that it is a Frenchfilm, subtitled in English (the cinema billed it as Anything For Herand, from what I could gather using my not-very-good French, thesubtitles were about as accurately translated as the title)).

    In throwaway flashbacks, we learn how Lisa (Diane Kruger from Troy andthe National Treasure movies) ends up in prison for a murder which shedidn't commit. When, after three years, her legal remedies are allexhausted, she attempts suicide. At this point her schoolteacherhusband Julien (Vincent Lindon) decides that his only choice is tobreak her out of prison and escape to another country in assumedidentities with her and their five year old son. In order to do so hemust first dip his toe into the underworld. The bulk of the film tellsof how he makes and executes his plans.

    This was an interesting and gripping film, telling an unusual storyfrom an unusual viewpoint. There wasn't a vast amount of action(although the small amount of action was well executed), but thatdidn't matter: the story itself was a powerful engine driving the filmalong.

    Lindon's performance seemed initially rather one-note: onconsideration, I think I can see that it was actually rather Gallic,suggesting hidden depths which showed through infrequently. DianeKruger plays nicely against type, as a dowdy jailbird throughout mostof the film.

    In short, a small film, but very good of its type.

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