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The Crimson Rivers (2000)
"Les rivières pourpres" (original title)

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Parisian murder detective commissioner Pierre Niemans is called to Gueron, a self-sufficient, prestigious university in a mountain valley, to investigate the murder on 32-year old professor... See full summary »

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Fanny Ferreira (as Nadia Fares)
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Sister Andrée
Karim Belkhadra ...
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Didier Flamand ...
The Dean
François Levantal ...
Pathologist
Francine Bergé ...
Headmistress
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Man at Petrol Station
Laurent Lafitte ...
Hubert, the Dean's Son
Robert Gendreu ...
Cemetery Warden
Christophe Bernard ...
Skinhead #1
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Skinhead #2 (as Nicky Naude)
Tonio Descanvelle ...
Sarzac Policeman #1
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Parisian murder detective commissioner Pierre Niemans is called to Gueron, a self-sufficient, prestigious university in a mountain valley, to investigate the murder on 32-year old professor and librarian Rémy Caillois, whose corpse was found 50 meters high on a steep mountain side, naked, horribly covered in bruises and bleeding wounds, the result of some five hours of bestial torture including quasi-surgical amputation of hands cauterized to prevent bleeding to death- and eyes. Guernon is a closed society of virtually incestuous scientists, de facto succeeding to their parents' posts; the eye-doctor, formerly on the staff, says hereditary genetic diseases are the price of such elitism, but in recent years spread to the simple farming families. Inspector Max Kerkerian examines two crimes in the town: a school break-in with theft of old photos and archive papers as well as a graveyard desecration of Judith Herault, the daughter of local nun Andrée, who lives in a dark cell since 15 ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for violence/grisly images and language | See all certifications »

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27 September 2000 (France)  »

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The Crimson Rivers  »

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FRF 95,000,000 (estimated)

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$286,495 (USA) (9 February 2001)

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$69,316 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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Vincent Cassel broke his nose while filming the fight scene with the skinheads. See more »

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About 25 minutes into the movie, when Pierre takes a long walk to the Library/Dean's Office, two joggers in university sweatshirts pass him. A few seconds later, the same two joggers emerge from a building about 50 meters away and run towards him. See more »

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[first lines]
Captain Dahmane: We'll touch base in two hours.
Policeman: Which way do we go?
Captain Dahmane: There. Okay? See you later, guys.
[looks at Niemans]
Captain Dahmane: Can I help you?
Pierre Niemans: Got a light?
Captain Dahmane: Who let you through?
Pierre Niemans: Your men. Commissioner Pierre Niemans.
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Composed and Performed by David Salsedo, Stephane Daurs (Silmarils)
(c) 2000 Editions Musicales Editions La Marguerite - Legende Enterprises
(p) 2000 Production Legende Enterprises - Gaumont
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Brilliant French thriller
16 August 2001 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

I don't know why but I don't usually bother to go all the way to a movie theater to check out a French movie. This time I made an exception and I'm really glad I did. "Les Rivières pourpres" was an extremely nice surprise - truly a magnificent piece of first-rate acting (Jean Reno - man who touched us in Luc Besson's "Léon" and made us laugh in "Les Visiteurs" - is in one of his top roles and Vincent Cassel plays his clever sidekick) combined with a fabulous and dizzyingly surprising plot, maybe a bit complex but still so brilliantly built that story holds perfectly together and by getting wilder and wilder makes sure that the audience will not be bored at anytime.

Film begins with an abhorrent close-ups of a slashed corpse that's being eaten by worms. If you consider yourself to be a a sensitive person I have to warn that it will definitely not be the only grotesque image "Les Rivières pourpres" offers, it's just the beginning. Sometimes movie looks almost like a horror flick but these tiny little shocks with gore here and there are still one of the key elements of the movie. It's partly what keeps the excitement alive.

If I would have to compare "Les Rivières pourpres" to something even slightly similar, "Seven" is just about the only flick that pops into my head. Of course it's a completely different movie but it's the only one that I can recall that has captured exactly the same pressuring ambience as in here. "Les Rivières pourpres" is a very dark and dreary film that can easily make you feel anxious or even sick - just like "Seven". Both of 'em are still movies definitely worth watching in spite of anything. At the end of "Les Rivières pourpres" you'll be pleased you indulged yourself with a perfect thriller experience. Excellent movie, don't miss it!


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