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In the Arms of My Enemy (2007)

Voleurs de chevaux (original title)
Four men living in Eastern Europe in 1856 get caught up in tales of thievery, murder and revenge.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Jolivet ...
François-René Dupont ...
Igor Skreblin ...
Corentin Lobet ...
Benoît Randaxhe ...
Morgan Marinne ...
Piotr (as Morgan Marine)
Jacques Urbanska ...
Lieutenant Mikhail
Nicolas Buysse ...
Le cosaque au tambour
Michel Martin ...
Amaury Smets ...
Elias enfant (as Amaury Smetz)
Jérémy Choda ...
Roman enfant
Jean-Luc Couchard ...
Le garde-frontière


Jakub and Vladimir, two brothers in their late teens, join in the Cossack army to flee poverty. Elias and Roman, two other brothers, on their own as well, steal horses to survive... When fate brings them together, the encounter proves lethal. Vladimir gets killed. Jakub now burning with anger, is obsessed with revenge. A wild track begins, no one will be left unharmed... Written by Anonymous

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22 August 2007 (Belgium)  »

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In the Arms of My Enemy  »

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1.85 : 1
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Epic equestrian western
21 November 2007 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

Set "somewhere in the East, around 1856", this action/costume film is a revenge story between two 'couples' of brothers. Jakub and Vladimir, two young Cossacks who suffer terrible humiliations during their military training and Roman and Elias (the two horse thieves of the title). After a terrible tragedy, Jakub leaves his regiment and tracks down the two thieves with what looks like a samurai's sense of honor and dignity. Shot in beautiful landscapes, with a minimum of dialogs, an impressive music, and an epic ambition, this blind and brutal race towards a metamorphosis (to free himself, Jakub will also have to become an outlaw) is also a study of dependence struggles (the two elder ones taking a role of father and imposing their choices to their youngest brothers). To appreciate this film, one needs to be sensitive to children's stories with a simple framework, disregard a certain awkwardness, and accept a very literary narration (three chapters announced by three titles: Him, Them, Manhunt), and a depiction of rough characters, the oldest thief (Roman, played by Grégoire Colin) almost turning into a kind of caricature.

'Voleurs de chevaux' is a sort of equestrian western which was obviously made on a low budget. The reconstitution of a mythical European mid-19th century often misses what the big Masters made of it (one can't help thinking of Kubrick with Barry Lyndon, or Kurozawa with Dersou Ouzala). Micha Vald took a risk, but there is an undeniable 'soul' which animates his beautiful story: the confrontation, crimes and vendetta of the four brothers, bathed in the cold light of a poisonous and solitary nature. Between the end of their adolescence and the beginning of maturity, the four characters compose a striking fresco, which owes most of its success to the actors' performances. One can't help taking one's hat off to this group of very young actors who support the whole film: Adrien Jolivet and Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet on one side, and Grégoire Colin and François-René Dupont on the other side. We won't forget the charm of theses ferocious dogs for quite a while.

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