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Release Date:
27 September 2000 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
Evil rises to new heights.
Plot:
Parisian murder detective commissioner Pierre Niemans is called to Gueron, a self-sufficient, prestigious university in a mountain valley... See more » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 9 nominations See more »
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A highly successful French thriller by Mathieu Kassovitz... See more (163 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Reno ... Pierre Niemans

Vincent Cassel ... Max Kerkerian

Nadia Farès ... Fanny Ferreira (as Nadia Fares)

Dominique Sanda ... Sister Andrée
Karim Belkhadra ... Captain Dahmane

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Dr. Bernard Chernezé
Didier Flamand ... The Dean
François Levantal ... Pathologist
Francine Bergé ... Headmistress

Philippe Nahon ... 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
Olivier Rousset ... Sarzac Policeman #2
Françoise Loreau ... Nun in Convent

Vincent Tulli ... Computer Technician
Nicolas Koretzky ... Computer Cop
Sami Zitouni ... Youth #1 on Sarzac Estate
Slim Zitouni ... Youth #2 on Sarzac Estate
Christophe Rossignon ... Policeman in Station Wagon on Bridge
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Policeman with Theory
Alexis Robin ... Blind Child with Dog
Alain Guerillot ... Skinhead Cafe Owner
Laurent Avare ... Rémy Caillois
Olivier Morel ... Philippe Sertys
Vincent Skimenti ... Policeman (as Vincent Schimenti)

Directed by
Mathieu Kassovitz 
 
Writing credits
Jean-Christophe Grangé (novel "Red Blood Rivers")

Jean-Christophe Grangé (screenplay) and
Mathieu Kassovitz (screenplay)

Produced by
Jérôme Chalou .... line producer
Alain Goldman .... producer
Catherine Morisse .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Bruno Coulais 
 
Cinematography by
Thierry Arbogast 
 
Film Editing by
Maryline Monthieux 
 
Casting by
Pierre-Jacques Bénichou 
 
Production Design by
Thierry Flamand 
 
Set Decoration by
Cécilia Blom 
 
Costume Design by
Sandrine Follet 
Julie Mauduech 
 
Makeup Department
Aurora Bergere .... makeup artist
Christophe Chabenet .... special makeup effects artist
Denis Gastouet .... special makeup effects artist
Sylvie Greco .... makeup artist
Karina Gruais .... makeup artist
Patrice Iva .... key hair stylist
Frédéric Lainé .... special makeup effects artist
Jean-Christophe Spadaccini .... special makeup effects artist
Nathalie Tissier .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean-Louis Bergamini .... assistant unit manager
Sylvain Bouladoux .... unit manager
Jérôme Chalou .... production manager
Dominique Dubreuil .... assistant unit manager
Guinal Riou .... unit manager trainee
Antoine Vierny .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Diane .... trainee assistant director
Pascal Guérin .... second assistant director
Valérie Othnin-Girard .... first assistant director
Raphaëlle Piani .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Luc Compère .... construction manager
Farid Kermici .... storyboard artist
Sandrine Magner .... art department accountant
Emmanuel Marais .... assistant art director
Manuel Mougin .... property master
Stanislas Reydellet .... assistant art director
Jean-Claude Tenes .... construction manager
Alain Veyssier .... first assistant art director (as Alain Veissier)
Marc Thiébault .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicolas Becker .... sound effects
Anne Delacour .... dialogue editor
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Vincent Montrobert .... assistant sound editor
Vincent Tulli .... sound editor
Vincent Tulli .... sound
Emmanuel Ughetto .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Pascal Buron .... special effects production
Pascal Molina .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Laurent Borenstein .... visual effects technical director
Stephanie Boutinaud .... digital artist
Nabila Daniault .... digital grader
Fabrice Delapierre .... animator
Sophie Denize .... visual effects coordinator
Yann Doray .... compositor
Arnaud Fouquet .... digital artist
David François .... digital compositor
Gilles Gaillard .... digital grader: Mikrosimage
Christian Guillon .... visual effects director: L'EST
Benoit Holl .... animator
Krao .... visual effects supervisor
Philippe Leprince .... effects technical director
Jean Baptiste Lère .... 3D supervisor
Gaston Marcotti .... digital artist
Nicolas Rey .... 3D supervisor
Julien Rousseau .... rotoscoper
Gaël Seydoux .... lighting technical director: MikrosImage
Agnès Sébenne .... visual effects producer
Malek Touzani .... animator
 
Stunts
Virginie Arnaud .... stunts
Alain Barbier .... stunts
Rémi Canaple .... assistant stunt coordinator
Rémi Canaple .... stunts
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunt coordinator
Jean-Claude Lagniez .... stunt driver
Sébastien Lagniez .... stunt double
Nicky Naudé .... fight arranger
Catherine Robert .... stunts
Dany Roca .... stunts
Patrick Steltzer .... stunts
Gilles Conseil .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Campbell .... crane operator: Technocrane
Emmanuel de Fleury .... assistant camera
Patrick de Ranter .... Steadicam operator
Jean-Marie Delorme .... aerial assistant camera
Georges Diane .... camera operator
Bruno Dubet .... key grip
Xavier Embry .... grip
Guy Ferrandis .... still photographer
Gil Fontbonne .... key grip
Monika Jeziorowska .... still photographer (as Mimka Jeziorowska)
Eric Larsen .... equipment grip
Dominique Legueux .... key grip
Sophie Lelou Mollard .... electric intern (as Sophie Mollard)
Nicolas Massart .... assistant camera
Yves Michaud .... Steadicam operator
Vincent Muller .... focus puller
Xavier Renaudot .... electrician
Bruno Roza .... grip
Daniel Savary .... aerial assistant camera
Nicolas Sommermeyer .... best boy grip
Jean-Baptiste Thibaud .... Steadicam operator
Patrick Vobecourt .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothée Lissac .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Virginie Bruant .... assistant editor
Agathe Cauvin .... assistant editor
Sandro Lavezzi .... apprentice editor
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Soazic Veillon .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Benjamin Caillaud .... assistant music recording
Bruno Coulais .... orchestrator
Frankii Elliott .... On Trailer USA and International
Frankii Elliott .... composer: additional music
Frankii Elliott .... composer: additional music/trailer
Stéphane Reichart .... music recordist
 
Other crew
Michèle Andreucci .... continuity
Pascal Brun .... helicopter services
Audrey Mery .... production secretary
Jurgen Proschinger .... post-production deal broker
Nathalie Vierny .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les rivières pourpres" - France (original title)
"Crimson River" - Japan (English title) (DVD title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence/grisly images and language
Runtime:
106 min
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Trivia:
The University library is named Theodor Korner, after the German merchant and politician Theodor Christian Korner (1863 - 1933). His bust is seen in the library as Jean Reno enters.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Slim Susie (2003)See more »
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52 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
A highly successful French thriller by Mathieu Kassovitz..., 10 May 2004
Author: decibelio from Bremerhaven, Germany

...who is famous for his intelligent films about social issues; such as 'La Haine'. The suspenseful story, IMO often wrongfully compared to David Fincher's 'Se7en' because of its seemingly similar thematic elements, is set in the French Alps, in the fictitious towns of Guernon and Sarzac. The marvellous scenery contributes a lot to the overall mysterious atmosphere of the film and is an ideal background for the movie's convincing cast. This is especially true for the leading roles which are portrayed by two of the most talented French actors: Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel.

The plot is based on a novel by Jean-Christophe Grange who, together with director Mathieu Kassovitz, also developed the screenplay. With the book being quite complicated due to its many carefully intertwined lines of action, a lot had to be simplified, altered or simply cut out, a well-known issue with adaptations. Unfortunately, many of the novel's explanatory scenes were omitted, so that ,you end up with a film which is not boring but quite confusing', as main actor Vincent Cassel puts it correctly. The following is a basic plot summary that intends to spoil as little of the story as possible:

Commissaire Pierre Niemans is called to the remote university town of Guernon to solve a gruesome murder case in which the victim - the university's librarian - was brutally tortured and mutilated. Neither the university officials nor the students prove to be too helpful during the investigation and Niemans soon gets the impression that there is something very suspicious about the whole situation. Meanwhile, Commissaire Max Kerkerian investigates the desecration of a grave in Sarzac. Soon it turns out that the seemingly unrelated cases are strangely connected with each other and, after a second corpse is found, the two very unlike cops team up to discover a long kept secret. This knowledge eventually gets them into life-threatening situations, the most deadly of them marking the end of the movie, which is set on top of a huge, snow-covered glacier.

The acting is simply excellent: Jean Reno portrays Niemans as a surly, reserved but brilliant professional with an attitude that often offends the people around him, even if he does not mean to. Vincent Cassel is Max Kerkerian, a quite lively character, sharp-witted but at times lacking self-control and totally unconventional in his methods (the book even mentions him being a former car-thief). The third leading role, Fanny Ferreira, a glaciologist working at the university and the one to find the first corpse, is portrayed by Nadia Farés. Her enigmatic character is more involved in the mystery than it seems.

The action is greatly enhanced by the spectacular panoramic views and camera trails used for the location shooting, even though the opening scene, where the camera follows Niemans' car as it approaches the first crime scene, is obviously a rip-off of Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining'. One scene shows Niemans and Ferreira, the scientist, descending a glacier, a dangerous shot for which huge cranes had to be transported to the glacier in order to secure the actors. The wonderful score was composed by Bruno Coulais, who managed to provide each scene with the appropriate musical background.

As stated before, major changes were necessary to transfer the complex novel onto the screen. The outcome was that many viewers felt puzzled by the movie's abrupt, confusing and seemingly illogical ending, as much is left out in the film where the book provides extensive background information. This is where the movie's biggest flaw lies. Other alterations include the renaming of Karim Abdouf (novel) to Max Kerkerian (film). While his characteristics remained more or less the same, it was the author's original intention to include a police officer of Algerian origin in the story. The characters in general are darker in the novel where Niemans even kills a hooligan before the actual story begins. The conspiracy revealed by the cops is larger and was also one of the aspects which were simplified for the movie.

All in all, one could complain that some of the action scenes look rather out of place, like Kerkerian's fight with two skinheads or the obligatory car chase later on in the film. The 'mismatched-cop scenario' is not too innovative either, but since it is depicted in such a unique way, it would be unfair to dismiss it as a cliché. While I can only reiterate that it may be difficult to completely grasp the movie at once, it is not at all impossible to follow the storyline as some have claimed. ,The Crimson Rivers' is definitely a great movie in its genre, featuring spectacular camera shots and an excellent cast and is in this vein well worth a visit.

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