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Rivals (2008)
"Les liens du sang" (original title)

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The story of two rival brothers, one a pimp and the other a cop, and how the former manages to be the family favorite.

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François
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Gabriel
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Corinne
Marie Denarnaud ...
Nathalie
Mehdi Nebbou ...
José Lazaga
Olivier Perrier ...
Henri
Carole Franck ...
Monique
Hélène Foubert ...
Colette
Eric Bonicatto ...
Paulo
Alain Beigel ...
Briquet
Thierry Levaret ...
Martial
Marc Bodnar ...
Gérard
Stéphane Gitton ...
Jumeau #1
Laurent Gitton ...
Jumeau #2
Virgil Leclaire ...
Le fils de François
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The story of two rival brothers, one a pimp and the other a cop, and how the former manages to be the family favorite.

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6 February 2008 (France)  »

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Laços de Sangue  »

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Gritty crime drama set in 70s France
8 September 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The movie follows two brothers, one on each side of the law. Gabriel is about to be released from prison and plans to stay clean, despite his rebellious nature. His brother François is a cop, struggling to belong because he was born in a hard neighborhood and in love with the wife of a criminal he put behind bars.

The movie's greatest quality is probably the setting. The late 70s truly come alive in this drama. Costumes, cars, music. The writing team also concocted the classic crime drama you would expect in the 70s and even director Jacques Maillot directs somewhat with a 70s feel, down to police procedures, chases and gunfights. A word of warning: this isn't an action flick. The movie seems content exploring the two brothers and the lives they try to build for themselves as well as the clashes between them when their lives intersect. As such, it is more of a drama than anything else.

François Cluzet (who plays bad boy Gabriel) is his usual self: excellent. His character doesn't apologize for his nature and at the same time, Cluzet is perfect in capturing the somewhat pathetic, self-victimizing nature of his character. Guillaume Canet (playing François the cop) is also good. Canet seems to have made a name for himself and stars in a lot of French movies (particularly thrillers). The rest of the large cast is more than adequate.

What prevents this superb production from a higher rating is a somewhat flat story and a botched ending. There's this impression that the writers and director may chewed more than what was needed and couldn't tie this more appropriately. It's still a fun ride but something seems to be missing at times, which is a shame since the basics are solid.

Still very worthwhile if you miss old school crime movies of the 70s and early 80s.


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