- Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette, Corinne Masiero, Bouli Lanners, Jean-Michel Correia, Mourad Frarema, Yannick Choirat, Fred Menut, Duncan Versteegh, Katia Chaperon, Catherine Fa, Andès Lopez Jabois, Océane Cartia, Françoise Michaud, Irina Coito, David Billaud, Fabien L'Allain, Fabien Baïardi, Laetitia Malbranque, Soulyane Rajraji, Pascal Rozand, Hedi Touihri, Nathalie Millar, Anne-Marie Tomat
- Director: Jacques Audiard
- Writers: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Craig Davidson
- Producers: Jacques Audiard, Martine Cassinelli, Pascal Caucheteux
- Co Producer: Alix Raynaud
- Art Direction: Yann Megard
- Casting: Richard Rousseau
- Costume Design: Virginie Montel
- D.O.P.: Stéphane Fontaine
- Editor: Juliette Welfling
- Makeup: Frédérique Ney
- Music: Alexandre Desplat
- Production Design: Michel Barthélémy
- Set Decoration: Boris Piot
A struggling single father helps a beautiful whale trainer recover her will to live following a terrible accident that leaves her confined to a wheelchair. Lonely and destitute, Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) leaves the north of France for his sister's house in Antibes after becoming the sole guardian of his estranged five-year-old son Sam.
When Ali lands a job as a bouncer in a nearby nightclub, things quickly start to look up for the itinerant father and son. Then one night, after breaking up a fight in the club, Ali meets the radiant Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), and slips her his number after dropping her off safely at home. Though Stephanie's position on the high end of the social spectrum makes romance an unlikely prospect for the pair, a tragic accident at Marineland robs her of her legs, and finds her reaching out in desperation to Ali.
Her spirit broken by the same tragedy that took her legs, Stephanie gradually finds the courage to go on living trough transcendent moments spent with Ali -- a man with precious little pity, but an enormous love of life.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Antibes, France; Cannes, France; Liege, Belgium; Paris, France
- MPAA Warning: Strong sexual content, brief graphic nudity, some violence and language
- Production Budget: $20 million
- Production Companies: Why Not Productions, Page 114, France 2 Cinéma, Les Films du Fleuve
- Production Schedule: 4 October 2011 - January 2012
2012 Guide Analysis: " Still in production so a Venice/Toronto debut seems the most likely, there's a lot of anticipation for this next feature from French filmmaker Jacques Audiard following 2005's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" and his much acclaimed 2009 prison thriller "A Prophet".
An adaptation of Craig Davidson's short story collection and co-written by Thomas Bidegain, the story follows a mid-20's guy named Alain van Versch who has been saddled with a five-year-old child and is stuck taking odd jobs and living in his sister's basement along the coast of southern France.
Things get stranger from there - he meets a beautiful trainer of killer whales (Marion Cotillard) who soon loses her legs in an accident and they form a relationship. He then becomes an underground fighter and she his manager - yes, definitely one of the strangest synopses I've read.
Star Marion Cotillard turned heads filming some topless beach scenes a few months ago which should help draw in some audiences. Shot in France and Belgium, it's still too early so we won't get a proper idea of what to expect here until later in the year."