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Blood Relatives (1978)
"Les liens de sang" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  October 1981 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Aude Landry ...
Patricia Lowery
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Muriel Stark
Laurent Malet ...
Andrew Lowery
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Mrs. Lowery
Walter Massey ...
Mr. Lowery
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Mrs. Carella
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James Doniac
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Armstrong
Ian Ireland ...
Bert Klinger
Guy Hoffmann ...
Priest
Marguerite Lemir ...
Helene Beck
Gregory Giannis ...
Sully
Jan Rooney ...
Grandmother (as Jan Chamberlain)
Tim Henry ...
Captain Marriott
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Montreal: Late at night the teenage Patricia flees into a police department, covered all over with blood. She states together with her cousin she took shelter from rain in an entry way on their way home from a party, when an unknown man threatened them, forced her cousin to perform oral sex and then killed her. Patricia could barely escape. The police starts searching among the known sex criminals - but then Patricia changes her statement and states her brother Andrew, who had an affair with his cousin, was the murderer. Inspector Carella doesn't quite believe both the statements. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The Most Intimate Act Of All Is... ...Murder!


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Claude Chabrol thought that New York, home of Ed McBain's "87th Precinct", was too unwieldy, so big that it would obscure his intimate explorations of character and swallow the movie, so Chabrol instead relocated Ed McBain's "87th Precinct" to Montreal, Canada which spoke his native tongue of French but still had a North American setting. Despite being set in Canada rather than the USA where Evan Hunter's source novel was set, the movie still retained the "87th Precinct" for the picture. See more »

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continues to ooze a rather unpleasant odour
14 September 2006 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

Considered by many to be a strangely overlooked Chabrol it seems to me the reason it has been cold shouldered is its sleaze factor. Not as overtly sexy, violent or gory as many films of this period it nevertheless starts rather startlingly and although becoming more measured continues to ooze a rather unpleasant odour. Ms Audran, not here the ice maiden but a drunken mother, Donald Pleasence does a cameo as a child molester, David Hemmings has his eyes on underage sex and the central theme involves the relationship between a brother, sister and niece. No not very nice at all and Chabrol treats it all as if it is very normal (like it might be in some small French village!) instead of Ed McBain's New York City. Had this been treated in a more sensational manner then it would have been a more acceptable but lesser film. Here we really have to choose between the likelihood of various unpleasant options before the final denouement. Very watchable


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