Release date16 June 2010 (2010-06-16) (France) WriterBrigitte Sy (scenario), Gaelle Mace (scenario) Production companiesCanal+, National Center of Cinematography and the moving image CastRonit Elkabetz (Barbara), Carlo Brandt (Michel), Noémie Lvovsky (Rita), Camille Figuereo (Chloé) Similar moviesRomain Goupil appears in Les Mains libres and directed Hands Up
Osez josephine par les mains libres
Les Mains libres is a 2010 French drama film directed by Brigitte Sy. It stars Ronit Elkabetz, Carlo Brandt, and Noémie Lvovsky. It was released theatrically in France on 16 June 2010. It is a feature-length prequel to Sy's 2008 short film, L'Endroit idéal.
Barbara (Elkabetz) is a filmmaker developing a film written and acted by prison inmates in Paris. She defies legal boundaries and unleashes a series of consequence when she forms a deep romantic relationship with Michel (Brandt), an inmate involved in the film project.
Ronit Elkabetz as Barbara
Carlo Brandt as Michel
Noémie Lvovsky as Rita
Camille Figuereo as Chloé
Adama Doumbia as Roel
Denis Maréchal as Fifi
Gurgon Kyap as James
Abdelhafid Metalsi as Mouloud
Xavier Legrand as Laurent
Ahmed M'Hemdi as Bouda
François Négret as Sergueï
Alain Ollivier as Le directeur de la prison
Sasha Andres as Marie-Pierre
Dominique Frot as La juge
Mireille Roussel as La tireuse de carte
Thomas Baurez of L'Express, described it as "intelligent, gracious and humble.. a love story of the purest sense of the term." Lucie Calet of Le Nouvel Observateur, continued that it is a "Greek tragedy" of "great dignity." Le Figaro praised the depiction of the tangible reality of the film as well as Eliabetz' superb and dark performance, evoking traits of the Madonna.
The film was warmly received by The New Yorker; "with calm and nuanced images, Sy captures emotionally unguarded characters locked in the gaze of prying eyes; with brusque, quiet action and incisive, tight-lipped dialogue, she sets a gripping plot in motion while keeping it close to the heart."