Rivals (Les Liens du sang)
Rivals (Les Liens du sang) (2008)

Jacques Maillot's psychological drama Les Liens du sang observes the tense and fragile days following a difficult reunion between two very different siblings. François (Guillaume Canet) is a police inspector who spent years forcibly… More

Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Atmospheric, 1970s set, French crime drama delivers hard-bitten dialogue and impressive wigs.

David Jenkins
Time Out

This frisky if long-winded and derivative French policier never gets off the starting-blocks despite some charismatic performances and intriguingly executed set-pieces.

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Rosamund Witcher
Empire Magazine

The setting is a Paris packed with tight leather jackets, big hair and foxy girls, and the action, sex and family drama make for an enjoyable ride. Unfortunately, the denouement is frustratingly abrupt.

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Peter Bradshaw

The result is an enjoyably rich, gamey stew of crime and family betrayal - and there's an interesting mention of 70s French super-crim Jacques Mesrine, the subject of a new biopic starring Vincent Cassel.

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

Why remake a decade?

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Trevor Johnston

Although it draws on a real-life memoir, this Gallic crime drama never really gets going. There's potential in the tension between a wavering ex-con and his cop sibling, but the actors seem to have been cast the wrong way round.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Jacques Maillot's enjoyably retro crime drama, which fits itself out with enough period bangers and bad moustaches for an entire Jean-Pierre Melville retrospective.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an absorbing crime thriller.

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James Christopher
Times (UK)

This being the gritty 1970s, the subtitled dialogue is as hard as nails. The Cain and Abel rivalry unfolds like a dismal episode of Minder.

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Rob Daniel
Sky Movies

Hopefully, with this polished policier Maillot will get the small screen funding to expand this story and tie up some of the intriguing loose ends.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Jonny Crumley
Good movie. Les Liens du sang is a French crime drama set in the 70's about two brothers one a cop, the other an ex-con just released from prison after… More