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by Brigitte Sy


Barbara is a director who makes films in prison. Michel is a prisoner who takes part in her film workshop. They fall in love. Their seemingly controlled relationship goes off the rails. But they are not only separated by the prison wall. In an exchange between the inside and the outside world, their passion develops through touch, whispering, furtive letters and looks. In this story, nobody’s hands are free. The lovers are abandoned to fate, imprisoned by their love.

international title: Free Hands
original title: Les Mains libres
country: France
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Brigitte Sy
film run: 100'
release date: FR 16/06/2010
screenplay: Brigitte Sy, Gaëlle Macé
cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Carlo Brandt, Noémie Lvovsky, François Négret, Camille Figuereo, Adama Doumbia, Denis Maréchal, Gurgon Kyap, Xavier Legrand
cinematography by: Frédéric Serve
film editing: Julie Dupré
art director: Françoise Arnaud
costumes designer: Françoise Arnaud
music: Daniel Mille
producer: Mathieu Bompoint, Claire Trinquet
production: Mezzanine Films
distributor: Chrysalis Films

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