Fair Play (2006)

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Runtime: 98 minutes
MPAA Rating: France: Tous publics, US: n/a, UK: n/a
Filming Dates: 2005
Filming Locations: Film studios Barrandov, Prague (Czech Republic), Gorges du Loup & la Clue de la Cerise, near Nice (France)
Theatrical Release: France: 6 Sep 2006, US: n/a, UK: n/a
DVD Release: France: 10 May 2007, US: n/a, UK: n/a

En business comme en sport, tous les coups sont permis (In business, as in sport, all shots are allowed)

A compulsively domineering boss, a hell-bent careerist of a new recruit, a calculating and Machiavellian executive, and an employee who’s too much of a victim to be honest settle their scores on the sports field. Sweat mixes with underhand maneuvers, sportsmanlike domination turns into harassment, and physical stamina becomes a protection against dismissal… Rowing, squash, fitness trail, golf, canyoning, the nest of vipers continues to vent its venom until masks and men fall.

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard plays the insecure secretary Nicole. Although sexually harassed by her boss Charles and stalked by a collegue during her Sunday jogging she is not at all only the innocent victim. During the canyoning the situation with her boss comes to a dangerous showdown.


• This is the longer version of Academy Award-nominated and award-winning short film Squash (2002) by same director Lionel Bailiu. The opening scene of the feature reproduces the entirety of the short, but with different actors (Malcolm Conrath and Eric Savin for the short, Jérémie Rénier and Eric Savin for the feature)
• Production started May 17, 2005 in Prague and finished 41 days later
• Was shown at the 2007 Philadelphia Film Festival

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Marion also came to the set with a real proposal and it was very interesting for me to see her character unfold gradually during the filming. In addition, I have the feeling of having rarely seen her like this; it’s a side of her I hadn’t known before. She portrays a character who’s withdrawn, shy, ill at ease and yet is determined to fight, even if the battle is hopeless. I find it very endearing. And Marion has shown exemplary courage during the filming of canyoning.
• Lionel Bailliu (Director)

From reviews

A pitch-black look at careerism gone wild is set not in the predictable environs of an office but in a more natural setting of rocky cliffs and waterfalls where it is far easier to humiliate — or maim — a colleague. Lionel Bailliu’s compelling Fair Play is a movie that initially surprises and then, with an almost relentless drive, continues to astonish, amaze and even shock with an obstinate refusal to conform to expectations. Bailliu directs with an in-your-face confidence, pulling us into what seems like a black comedy but which turns out to be so much more, disturbingly so. The film opens with a ferocious, 20-minute racquetball sequence that’s pure cinema bravura, nearly perspiring testosterone and setting the tone for the series of set pieces that follow. The evil joy of Fair Play is that it doesn’t play fair at all, especially not with the audience.
• Philadelphia Fillm Festival

Awards & Nominations

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