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Empire of the Wolves (2005)

L'empire des loups (original title)
A disgraced policeman helps a young detective to hunt down a serial killer who targets Turkish women in Paris.

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Chris Nahon

Writers:

Jean-Christophe Grangé (novel), Jean-Christophe Grangé (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Reno ... Jean-Louis Schiffer
Arly Jover ... Anna Heymes
Jocelyn Quivrin ... Paul Nerteaux
Laura Morante ... Mathilde Urano
Philippe Bas Philippe Bas ... Laurent
David Kammenos David Kammenos ... Azer Zeki
Didier Sauvegrain Didier Sauvegrain ... Dr. Ackerman
Patrick Floersheim Patrick Floersheim ... Philippe Charlier
Etienne Chicot ... Olivier Amien
Albert Dray Albert Dray ... Le lieutenant
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Kudseyi
Élodie Navarre ... La fliquette
Philippe du Janerand ... Le légiste
Corentin Koskas Corentin Koskas ... L'interne
Jean-Pierre Martins ... Professeur Ravi
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Storyline

Suffering from terrifying hallucinations and alarmingly frequent incidents of amnesia, Anna Heymes, the troubled wife of a French civil servant, finds it increasingly difficult to remember the face of her husband. In the meantime, as the third mutilated body of a Turkish woman emerges from the dark Parisian sewers, the young chief of the investigation, Paul Nerteaux, enlists the help of the dishonoured former detective, Jean-Louis Schiffer. Now, Schiffer's brutal methods, along with his profound experience, are Paul's last hope to shed light on this intricate case. Can they find who is behind the gruesome murders before it's too late? Written by Nick Riganas

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If You Can't Remember Your Past... You Can't Save Your Future. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 April 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Empire of the Wolves See more »

Filming Locations:

Uchisar, Turkey See more »

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Budget:

€24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Anna gets out of the shower and dresses, her bra is not clipped properly at the back, but when she goes to the door it is now clipped correctly. See more »

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Spoofs National Treasure (2004) See more »

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Wolves
by Dan Levy and Olivia Bouyssou
(p) Gaumont, 2005
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A French policeman joins a retired cop with very sharp methods to investigate some grisly killings in Paris and Istanbul
13 November 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This moving thriller displays drama , action-packed , thrills , and wild fighting images . It is an action-filled and violent film , being utterly filmed in France and Turkey . Set initially in Paris , there appears several stabbed and bruised victims . A tough and young but experienced detective called Paul Nerteaux (Jocelyn Quivrin) carries out the hard investigation . The corpses belong to women illegal Turkish immigrants . Paul then decides to ask for help an old detective , Jean-Louis Schiffer (Jean Reno) , and as he join forces with the retired police inspector with very sharp skills to pursue the serial killer . Both of whom infiltrate in the Turkish immigration mafia attempting to resolve the heinous killings . Meantime , a woman named Anna Heymes (Arly Jovert) undergoing an illness treatment and has confuse vision and rare breakdowns , as well surprising outbreaks . She is helped by an obstinate psychiatrist called Mathilde Urano (Laura Morante) . At the end , Paul discovers the nasty Turkish organization "The Wolves" , led by an ominous mobster called Kudseyi (Vernon Dobtcheff) , is behind the weird crimes and after that , he goes to Turkey .

¨L'Empire Des Loups" or "Empire of the Wolves" contains sinister mysteries , emotional thrills , action and suspense . This is a highly mysterious and cerebral thriller , filled with plot twists , including a spectacular denouement in its final part . The main premise is the following : various slashed female corpse of immigrants show up and two detectives to investigate it and to chase a serial murderer . This original as well entertaining premise is overspread across the movie adding some brief conventional pitfalls . Along with the astonishing crimes is developed an intrigue about women exploitation , illegal immigration and drug smuggling . The picture is full of tumultuous sequences with frenetic action , surprises , fierce combats , shootouts , and groundbreaking struggles . ¨Seven¨ atmosphere and style psychological mystery , being decently directed , though hard to follow . The only scenes that used CGI are when Jean Reno falls down spiral ladder at the graveyard with CG stairs , bricks , rocks surrounding him . The cast is frankly fine , such as Jean Reno who gives a good acting as a dark retired Police Inspector Jean-Louis Schiffer . This one belongs to the last period in his long career playing strong cops or mobsters as ¨Antigang¨, ¨22 bullets¨, ¨Armored¨, ¨wasabi¨ and especially ¨Crimson Rivers¨ and "Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse" and TV series ¨Jo¨. And nice Jocelyn Quivrin as two-fisted young detective as well as Arly Jover as unsettling girl who suffers severe headaches and glimpses of records . Special mention for Laura Morante as a cunning psychiatrist . The picture is pretty well , though sometimes complex ,and it has a lot of turns . However , being entertaining for its continuous suspense .

Dark and rainy cinematography in ¨Seven¨ style by Michel Abramowicz . Strange and moving musical score fitting to action , including oriental sounds from Turkey . Amid the glamour and grandeur of the scenarios , including Paris , Istanbul , Uchisar, and especially Cappadoccia, Turkey . This stirring film was lavishly co-produced by producers Andrew Colton , Patrice Ledoux , Francesco Pamphili and professionally realized by Chris Nahon , though it has some flaws and gaps . Filmmaker Nahon establishes his signature style of kinetically-paced story-telling through sumptuous imagery , leading to international critical acclaim . Chris Nahon was born in France , he is a good director and writer, known for Empire of the wolves (2005) , Blood: the last vampire (2009) and Kiss of the dragon (2001) . Rating : 6/10 , passable and acceptable . Worthwhile watching .


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