Down by Love (2016)

PG   |    |  Biography, Drama, Romance

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Based on a true story, the impossible love between a prison director and one of its female inmates.


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22 July 2020 | j-a-julian
| An Excellent but Underrated Film
I confess, I was already in love with Adéle Exarchopolus as a result of her brilliant performance in Blue is the Warmest Color. Down By Love is based on a true story deftly told by Pierre Godeau. The director never reveals the reason that Anna (Exarchopolous) is in prison and concentrates on the complex relationship between Anna and the prison director Jean. Jean is married with a loving wife and a wonderful daughter. Jean's wife, Stéphanie exhibits amazing tolerance and love as she becomes aware of the unfolding relationship between Jean and Anna. Anna is played perfectly by Exarchopolus capitalizing on her natural but sultry demeanor. Not only is Exarchoplous easy on the eye but she is an accomplished actor who portrays these complex emotions flawlessly. The end, as in many French films, is left open ... as an eternal romantic I am allowed to create the ending I really desire in my mind. Well worth watching.

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Anna Amari: So what? Right here, right now, do you want to fuck me? Oh what, you're not gonna answer? I can see your excitement in your pants.
Jean Firmino: I want us to do this right.
Anna Amari: I want you to fuck the shit out of my mouth. This is the only right way that I know of. Now ...


Written by L. Diaz, E. Collins, N. Diaz
Performed by
© Universal Music Publishing - Odj Music - Lya Ibeyi
(P) 2014 XL Recordings Limited
ISRC No: GB-BKS-14-00143
Extract from the album Ibeyi XLCD 665
Authorised by XL Recordings Ltd
administered by Beggars Group Media Limited www.xlrecordings Ltd and Universal Music Vision


Plot Summary


Biography | Drama | Romance


Release Date:

2 March 2016



Country of Origin

France, Belgium

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$390 21 August 2016

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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