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  

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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)

..{tab=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)

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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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