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Empire of the Wolves (2005)
"L'empire des loups" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  20 April 2005 (France)
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When the young detective Paul Nerteaux finds the third slashed female corpse of illegal Turkish immigrants, he decides to ask for support to the experienced dark retired detective ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Heymes
Paul Nerteaux
Mathilde Urano
David Kammenos ...
Azer Zeki
Didier Sauvegrain ...
Dr. Ackerman
Patrick Floersheim ...
Philippe Charlier
Etienne Chicot ...
Olivier Amien
Albert Dray ...
Le lieutenant
La fliquette
Philippe du Janerand ...
Le légiste
Corentin Koskas ...
Professeur Ravi


When the young detective Paul Nerteaux finds the third slashed female corpse of illegal Turkish immigrants, he decides to ask for support to the experienced dark retired detective Jean-Louis Schiffer to chase the serial killer. Together, they infiltrate in the Turkish mafia trying to find the answer to the crimes. Meanwhile, the worker Anna Heymes is being submitted to a brain treatment and has severe headaches and glimpses of memories and visions. When these two parallel events collide, disclose that the Turkish organization "The Wolves" is behind them. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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If You Can't Remember Your Past...You Can't Save Your Future.


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 April 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Empire of the Wolves  »

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Box Office


€24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,342,036 (France) (22 April 2005)


$4,541,327 (Europe) (6 May 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Good film with interesting twists and developments
30 August 2006 | by (Worcester, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I was slightly worried at first that subtitles were a bit ambitious for hungover Sunday viewing but it was fairly easy to keep up.

The two plot lines seem completely separate at first and they are nicely tied together later in the film. This works very well at giving two sides of an event without resorting to flashbacks or spoon-feeding the viewer.

You do have to think and pay attention to this film but it is not overly cryptic - I think I understood everything I needed to at the end. Some minor details might be a little blurry but these are not integral to the plot.

Some racial stereotypes aside this is a very well thought out and captivating film.

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