Les Liens du sang

Director: Jacques Maillot

France • 2008 • 106 minutes

Set in the 1970s and filled with leather jackets, tight jeans, big moustaches, Renault 5s and disco sounds, Jacques Maillot’s Les Liens du sang is clearly influenced by the French crime films which starred Alain Delon or Jean-Paul Belmondo. Loosely based on a true story, it stars Guillaume Canet and François Cluzet as two brothers living on different sides of the law. What could have easily descended into cliche and formula is saved by the two central performances. Reunited again after their excellent turns in the successful thriller Tell No One, Cluzet and Canet have an on-screen chemistry that’s credible and mesmerising.

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