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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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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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To bring down the empire, kill the leader of the pack. See more »


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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

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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 Vizontele (2001) See more »

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Brume sur seine (Mist On The Seine)
by Luca De Medici
(p) Gaumont, 2005
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A Simpler Screenplay Would Work Better and Better
5 July 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When the young detective Paul Nerteaux (Jocelyn Quivrin) 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 (Jean Reno) 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 (Arly Jover) 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.

"L'Empire des Loups" seems to be a good story, but with a very confused and flawed screenplay. I have never read the book, where probably I would find the explanations for many situations, but watching the way I did, in a DVD spoken in French with English subtitles, I found lack of explanation for many points. I repeated some scenes, trying to see what I could have missed, but I believe the plot is really flawed. For example, Schiffer wears a necklace identical to the criminals, but it is never clear if he is a dirty cop or if he also belongs to or worked undercover in the organization. What are the reasons for the brainwash of Sema, and her visions of monsters and reference to the Four Moons? Was she a mule of the Wolves? Why waste such a woman as a mule and as a subject of an experiment? A simpler screenplay with fewer subplots would work better and better in a movie. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Império dos Lobos" ("The Empire of the Wolves")


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