Michaël R. Roskam

Le Fidèle (Racer and the Jailbird)


When Gino meets racing driver Bénédicte, it's love at first sight. Passionate. Unconditional. Fiery. However, Gino is hiding a secret. The kind that can endanger both your life and the lives of those around you. Gino and Bénédicte will have to fight against fate, reason and their own weaknesses to save their love.

#crime     #drama     #romance    



"Le Fidèle" is the latest film from one of the finest Belgian directors, Michaël R. Roskam, starring the always excellent Matthias Schoenaerts and the, for me unfamiliar, Adèle Exarchopoulos. Before getting into it, I had literally no idea what to expect and ultimately, I do not regret watching it. However, I do have a few complaints. First off, the pacing. I felt like there were too many timejumps in the plot for it to really have an impact on me. It sometimes felt like watching a collection of scenes instead of an actual movie. Secondly, the tone of the movie changed from lighthearted to very dark and back a bit too harshly for me. Though, don't let these peeves stop you from taking the time to watch "Le Fidèle" as it was still a good movie with stellar performances from the entire cast and an all around enjoyable time.

#enjoyable 3.0


We were lucky to be at the avant-première of the Belgian/French movie "Le Fidèle" and I feel like I'm glad I was able to see it. I was intrigued by the general premise of the story and I have to admit, the plot has generously met my expectations. In my opinion it got increasingly interesting and by the end the movie will have most likely left quite the pyschological mark on you. Furthermore, the acting was pretty good across the board, however I did feel like some characters ended up being underused and underdeveloped to the point where you just don't feel for them. This is the case for most characters aside from the 2 main ones and I wouldn't have minded a 30 minute longer runtime. In the end, I do really recommend this "Le Fidèle" to those in the market for a very serious film.

#superb 4.0


"Le Fidèle" or "Racer and the Jailbird" for the non French speaking countries is the 3rd movie of up and coming Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam. Like with his past films, Roskam got Matthias Schoenaerts to play the leading role and this is a good thing. He nails his role once again and proves to us he is up there with the big guys. Adèle Exarchopoulos and the rest of the cast all do a good job as well, but sadly most of the supporting characters are underdeveloped and underused. The story, while interesting does have some pacing issues. We felt like the movie should have been a bit longer to really delve deep into the plot, however the pacing did get somewhat better towards the end. Talking about the end, we also felt like the movie had some really solid scenes towards the last act. Lastly, the tone of the film could have used some improvement as well, especially during the 2nd act where it switched in tone quite vastly. However, even with it's flaws "Le Fidèle" is a good movie and you should check it out.

#great 3.5