Rivals (Les Liens du Sang)
- Director: Jacques Maillot
- Genre: Drama
- Cert: 15A
- Details: France / 106mins .
- Release Date: 05/12/2008
What's cool about Rivals is that it fully realises the era in an effortless fashion. It might resemble Heat in storytelling but not in style; The film has a gritty look to it and feels like it was made in 1979 and was found collecting dust in a studio storeroom. I's got the essence of The Sweeney, but its episodic nature at times lends itself more to Eastenders than that hard-boiled, streetwise cop. But if you can get past the stop-start nature of the plot (and the fact that Cluzet looks like Joey 'The Lips' Fagan from the Commitments and Canet looks like Patrick Demspey circa Can't Buy Me Love), then there's enough here to sink your teeth into.
Review by Gavin Burke | 09:00 | Friday 5th December 2008 | Movie Review
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