Rivals (Les Liens du sang)2008
Rivals (Les Liens du sang) (2008)
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as José Lazaga
as Commissaire Blanqui
as Paulo's wife
as Fernand Lazeau
Critic Reviews for Rivals (Les Liens du sang)
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.
This frisky if long-winded and derivative French policier never gets off the starting-blocks despite some charismatic performances and intriguingly executed set-pieces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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