Ali, a former boxer and small-time crook, moves from Belgium to Antibes with his young son, bagging a bouncer's job at a club.
He's soon tasked with protecting Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) from a thug. She works with orca whales at a marine park until an accident results in her losing both legs below the knees. After the incident, macho Ali – he loves kickboxing – connects with Stephanie. She finds his blunt manner refreshing. Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts as Ali are excellent in this unsentimental tale.