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The Crimson Rivers (2000)

Les rivières pourpres (original title)
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A murder detective must follow the footsteps of a brutal killer within the secrets of a classist college.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fanny Ferreira / Judith Herault (as Nadia Fares)
Sister Andrée
Karim Belkhadra ...
Didier Flamand ...
The Dean
François Levantal ...
Francine Bergé ...
Man at Petrol Station
Laurent Lafitte ...
Hubert, the Dean's Son
Robert Gendreu ...
Cemetery Warden
Christophe Bernard ...
Skinhead #1
Nicky Naudé ...
Skinhead #2 (as Nicky Naude)
Tonio Descanvelle ...
Sarzac Policeman #1


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Evil rises to new heights.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

27 September 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Crimson Rivers  »

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Box Office


FRF 95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$69,316 (USA) (6 July 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mathieu Kassovitz: as the hooded killer who shoots at Jean Reno at the bottom of the stairwell in the house on stilts. His voice is also heard over the CB radio talking to Vincent Cassel. See more »


A cameraman is reflected on a glossy tombstone during the tracking shot when Max Kerkerian visits the cemetery in Sarzac for the first time. See more »


[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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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »


Composed and performed by Solo and Uncle O
(c) 2000 Delabel Editions - Corida Editions
(p) 2000 X-Large
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User Reviews

An okay story with excellence of execution.
16 October 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"The Crimson Rivers" tells of two French detectives on converging investigative paths leading to the "who" in whodunit as they leapfrog from one tense moment to the next in this good but not great macabre and sometimes gruesome serial killer mystery. What this flick lacks in story it more than makes up for in artistry and verve as it carves itself out of hauntingly beautiful vistas, superb cinematography, great sound and score, and, perhaps best of all for English speakers, excellent dubbed translations. Well worth the time for those with an eye for artistry in film and a taste for dark thrillers.

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