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Blood Relatives [DVD]


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  • Actors: Donald Sutherland, Aude Landry, Lisa Langlois, Laurent Malet, Stéphane Audran
  • Directors: Claude Chabrol
  • Writers: Claude Chabrol, Evan Hunter, Sydney Banks
  • Producers: Claude Léger, Denis Héroux, Eugène Lépicier, Julian Melzack
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D349
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,620 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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15-year-old Patricia (Aude Landry) is walking the streets with her older cousin, Muriel (Lisa Langlois) when they are attacked by a violent rapist, and Muriel is killed. The police's Inspector Carella (Donald Sutherland) believes serial sex offender Doniac (Donald Pleasence) to be responsible, but Patricia fails to identify him. However, when Patricia's brother, Andrew (Laurent Malet), breaks down at Muriel's funeral, the case takes a surprising turn.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "topnotchtosh" on 25 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
Claude Chabrol is a French director who deserves greater recognition-- this downbeat murder thriller being a perfect example of why.
What begins as a super-sleazy whodunnit (featuring the most chilling role Donald Pleasance has ever played as one of the murder suspects) switches midway through to a compelling study of teenage longings for forbidden fruit.
Donald Sutherland gives a measured yet always watchable performance as the cop investigating the case, Lisa Langlois is overpoweringly beautiful in the flashback scenes as the victim, and David Hemmings adds further weight and cool as her boss.
There are no extras on the disk, but it's dirt cheap and if you're a fan of thrillers or French cinema then this is well worth the asking price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
Chabrol's Blood Relatives, adapted from an Ed McBain novel, is one of those pictures that I'd like to like more, but too often it's a poor film with, just occasionally, a better one trying to get out before being beaten down by the twin handicaps of a French director working in a second language and a terrible Canadian cast. Watching their excreble efforts in almost stunned disbelief, it's hard not to imagine a Canadian acting masterclass: "No, no, you see what you did wrong there? Forget about the emotions, I want you to concentrate just on hitting your marks. Everything will follow on from there. Don't worry about fluffing your lines, just carry on as if nothing happened, it'll look naturalistic. No, no, you were feeling your way through the line - you should plan every pause and inflection at least a month in advance. And remember, no pause should last less time than it takes you to chew a mouthful of food." Of course, part of the problem is that common one of European directors directing a cast in a second or third language: all too often the results veer more to clarity than quality.

The structure does the film no favours either: the first half is dedicated to Donald Sutherland's cop trying to solve the murder of a young girl, but the second half switches to the story of the victim's last few days as he reads her diary. With no serious attempt to integrate the two strands it just feels like you're watching two different movies. There is one beautifully observed moment (or rather unobserved, since it happens when Sutherland is looking away) when an underage girl groomed by Donald Pleasance's pedo finds it painful to sit down on a wooden chair, but for the most part this feels just as bland as most 70s Canadian films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spectator on 15 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Great masterpiece of Claude Chabrol, important in this version with english subititles. Good seller, good price, received in perfect time.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Clifford Goodland on 16 April 2009
Format: DVD
I can't play the video because it won't fit my dvd player.What to do?

Also, please check on an Order which I placed in mid- march, titled "When a Srranger Calls". I haven't received it yet. It's long overdue. Pls let me know by email.
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not as compelling as I remembered... 22 Jan 2006
By Kasey G - Published on Amazon.com
...but then again, a quarter-century does change your perception. I first saw this on TV in the summer of 1981, and I guess it would be intriguing to a 12-year-old, but having purchased an ex-rental copy on a nostalgic whim, I must say this is a rather shoddy production, made even more suprising by the fact that Donald Sutherland usually signs on for more prestigious and well-received projects.

The production values here are what you'd expect of a university film student's first attempt.

Aside from Sutherland, the rest of the cast deliver their lines as though they were extras randomly plucked from the streets of Montreal, where this was filmed.

**SPOILERS AHEAD** The plot concerns the murder of 17-year-old Muriel Stark, who is brutally knifed to death in a dirty alleyway when her and her 15-year-old cousin Patricia are on their way home from a party. Patricia suffers some knife wounds but ultimately escapes and runs to the police station.

Things get murky for detective Sutherland when Patricia identifies a police decoy in the lineup as the attacker. Then, at Muriel's funeral, Patricia's brother Andrew (who inexplicably is the only family member to speak with an English accent), dramatically throws himself on the casket sobbing, after which Patricia tells Sutherland Andrew committed the murder.

Patricia's mother overacts ridiculously; there is a boring red-herring subplot about a pedophile suspect, and tons more bad acting before things get a tad more interesting in the final half-hour.

We learn that Muriel kept a diary and when Sutherland finds it a trash can down the block from Patricia's house the flashbacks kick in indicating the serious incestuous relationship that was blossoming between Muriel and her cousin Andrew.

When Sutherland recognizes that dialogue from the diary are the exact words Patricia claimed the killer uttered to Muriel right before her death, the jig is up and he confronts the girl, who ultimately goes into hysterics revealing herself to be Muriel's actual killer.

The only good thing I can say to recommend this mess is that it is definitely a product of its time, with the dated hairstyles and fashions being good for a laugh, and it is a mercifully short film, clocking in at 95 minutes.
Five Stars 13 July 2014
By jean noel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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