Papillon movie follows the true story of Henri Charrière, a naval veteran turned small-time criminal, who served 11 years, more than 4,000 days, in a penal colony and spent his time plotting his escape.
In this 1973 Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman remake, stars Hunnam’s and Malek’s characters are just trying to survive and navigate the underworld of 1931 Paris.
When Charrière (Hunnam) pisses off the wrong people, he finds himself framed for murder, and is sentenced to serve his time in a feared and inescapable jungle prison in St-Laurent-du-Maroni. On the way, Charrière meets Louis Dega (Malek), a fellow convict with little of Charrière’s brawn, but with lots of something else Charrière requires if he’s to break out: money.
Their journey is a story of an alliance that, as years of hard labour, punishing heat, and terms in solitary pass, becomes something like friendship.
Papillon movie debuts at TIFF 2017 on September 8.