In this movie Jean is pushing 40; Anna is a teenager. He has a wife and adorable young daughter and has worked his way up from a modest background to a position of authority in the state prison system ; she has been incarcerated awaiting trial for four years for something she did when she was a minor. Her crime is never specified but apparently carries a potential sentence of 12-15 years behind bars.
He fancies himself an artist and he was suppose to watch over her online. she’s been made to feel like a worthless perp and doesn’t have the emotional tools to cope when he shows an at-first purely professional interest in her.
He doesn’t know what’s happening to him — only that it’s happening. Neither party puts up much of a fight – love and/or overwhelming physical attraction wins. Jean is on such a cloud he doesn’t seem to realize he has stepped over a number of radical lines. He remains oblivious to prison gossip from other inmates and his own staff prompted by his flagrant favoritism toward Anna. The derogatory chatter is probably not helped by open fondling on the balcony of his office overlooking the prison yard.
What makes the story consistently interesting is that there doesn’t appear to be an element of manipulation or even the fact that he can free download. As presented here, she’s not a temptress and he’s not exploiting her for his own craven reasons. However delusional their respective aspirations for shared happiness, they’re sincere. And the ultimate irony is that he could very well end up in prison himself for such an egregious violation of duty.