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Brotherhood of Tears (2013)

La confrérie des larmes (original title)
Nuanced thriller. Renier is Gabriel Chevalier, an ex-cop whose personal life has taken a nosedive. He's a gambler, an alcoholic, a widower and single-parent to a rebellious teenage daughter... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jérémie Renier ... Gabriel Chevalier
Audrey Fleurot ... Claire Foczensky
Mélusine Mayance ... Juliette Chevalier
Bouli Lanners ... Le Hibou
Antoine Basler Antoine Basler ... Matthias le Gitan
Fabrice Michel Fabrice Michel ... Commissaire Brochard
Denis Jousselin Denis Jousselin ... Frédéric
Bruno Ricci ... Stéphane
Affif Ben Badra Affif Ben Badra ... Omar (as Afif Ben Badra)
Luc Feit Luc Feit ... Lydman
Marco Lorenzini Marco Lorenzini ... Reno
Vicky Krieps ... La femme rousse
Thomas Morreal Thomas Morreal ... Momo
Francesca Faiella Francesca Faiella ... Hôtesse
Olivier Bony ... Chauffeur Bruges
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Nuanced thriller. Renier is Gabriel Chevalier, an ex-cop whose personal life has taken a nosedive. He's a gambler, an alcoholic, a widower and single-parent to a rebellious teenage daughter. Unable to hold down regular work, he takes up the dubious offer of a job which involves sitting in an empty office waiting for the phone to ring. When it does, Chevalier is told to deliver a black briefcase to a specific address. One final instruction, he must never, ever, look inside the briefcase. Written by anon

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Country:

Belgium | France | Luxembourg

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 October 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Brotherhood of Tears See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$248,280
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Totally dug it
12 October 2013 | by bluepanda-815-627594See all my reviews

I totally dug this movie, very different from what's usually made in France. Stylishly shot, it features a Jeremie Renier in top form. I used to find him a bit on the shallow side before but he's really grown into a very strong actor.

This film has a strong identity, visually, musically and story-wise which won't appeal to everyone, especially to people who love to know beforehand exactly what they're going to see. As we follow Gabriel through his rags to riches story, it's impossible to tell where the plot is going to take us next. The audience is kept on their feet, I actually felt really tense at the end. Is it a thriller? A horror movie? A drama? It's all of the above.

As for the ending itself, I think it's a fantastic concept, one I wouldn't be surprised to see remade. It's just dealt with a bit too quickly, the movie could've used another 2 minutes of extra time.

Special kudos to young Melusine Mayance, and two thumbs up for a rather unusual soundtrack. All in all a very, very special, boundary-pushing movie, hope to see more of these coming from and to France in the future!


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