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Rivals (Les Liens du sang) (2008)



Critic Consensus: Atmospheric, 1970s set, French crime drama delivers hard-bitten dialogue and impressive wigs.

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Jacques Maillot's psychological drama Les Liens du sang observes the tense and fragile days following a difficult reunion between two very different siblings. François (Guillaume Canet) is a police inspector who spent years forcibly estranged from his issue-laden brother Gabriel (François Cluzet), after a judge sentenced the latter to a decade in prison for murder. Gabriel's sudden release from prison ends the separation, and the men both instinctively make attempts to bury the past and help Gabriel reassimilate after years off the street. Their efforts prove feeble and ineffectual, however, as the past comes encroaching back and begins to plague both men.


Guillaume Canet
as François
Mehdi Nebbou
as José Lazaga
Luc Thuillier
as Commissaire Blanqui
Marie Gili-Pierre
as Paulo's wife
Fred Ulysse
as Louison
Nadia Fossier
as Jacqueline
Cyril Couton
as Fernand Lazeau
Marc Bodnar
as Gérard
Alain Beigel
as Briquet
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Critic Reviews for Rivals (Les Liens du sang)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

The setting is a Paris packed with tight leather jackets, big hair and foxy girls, and the action, sex and family drama make for an enjoyable ride. Unfortunately, the denouement is frustratingly abrupt.

December 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This frisky if long-winded and derivative French policier never gets off the starting-blocks despite some charismatic performances and intriguingly executed set-pieces.

December 5, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

This being the gritty 1970s, the subtitled dialogue is as hard as nails. The Cain and Abel rivalry unfolds like a dismal episode of Minder.

December 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The result is an enjoyably rich, gamey stew of crime and family betrayal - and there's an interesting mention of 70s French super-crim Jacques Mesrine, the subject of a new biopic starring Vincent Cassel.

December 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Jacques Maillot's enjoyably retro crime drama, which fits itself out with enough period bangers and bad moustaches for an entire Jean-Pierre Melville retrospective.

December 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is not so much a wig, more a man-eating bird's nest. And not just an actor becomes lost beneath it but an entire film.

December 5, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rivals (Les Liens du sang)


Good movie. Les Liens du sang is a French crime drama set in the 70's about two brothers one a cop, the other an ex-con just released from prison after doing ten years for murder. I loved the stylish direction and the authentic camera work. The acting was top drawer throughout the cast, and the story was always interesting, with nice use of sub-plots. However I wasn't too satisfied with the ending, as it left me a bit empty.

Jonny Crumley
Jonny Crumley

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