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Liens du sang, Les (Blood Relatives) (1978)

The Most Intimate Act Of All Is... ...Murder!

Original Title : Liens du sang, Les
Director : Claude Chabrol
Writer : Sydney Banks
Claude Chabrol
Evan Hunter
Genre : Drama
Thriller
Country : Canada
Language : English
Producer : Denis Héroux , Michael Klinger , Claude Léger , Eugène Lépicier , Julian Melzack
Music : Howard Blake
Photography : Jean Rabier
IMDB ID : 0076313
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Starring

Donald Sutherland Carella
Aude Landry Patricia
Lisa Langlois Muriel
Laurent Malet Andrew
Stéphane Audran Mrs. Lowery
Walter Massey Mr. Lowery
Micheline Lanctôt Mrs. Carella
Donald Pleasence James Doniac
David Hemmings Armstrong
Ian Ireland Klinger
Guy Hoffman Priest
Marguerite Lemir Helene Beck
Gregory Giannis Sully
Jan Chamberlain Grandmother
Tim Henry Captain Marriott
Victor Knight Medical Examiner
Jérôme Tiberghien Moran
Kevin Fenlon Smoker
Nina Balogh Carella's Daughter
Terrence Labrosse Attorney
Tammy Tucker Jean Hanley
Robert King 1st Policeman
Victor Désy 2nd Policeman
John Boylan 3rd Policeman
Howard Ryshpan Doctor
Michael Hershewe Albert Tiger De Coco
Floyd Levine Dr. Harris
Yvonne Wilder Phyllis De Coco
 

Plot

Montreal: Late at night the teenage Patricia flees into a police department, covered all over with blood. She states together with her cousin she took shelter from rain in an entry way on their way home from a party, when an unknown man threatened them, forced her cousin to perform oral sex and then killed her. Patricia could barely escape. The police starts searching among the known sex criminals - but then Patricia changes her statement and states her brother Andrew, who had an affair with his cousin, was the murderer. Inspector Carella doesn't quite believe both the statements.
 

Comments

A french in the States Claude Chabrol shooting a movie under the premises of a Marlowe's story.More American than French. Donald Sutherland claiming to be considered one of the best actors of the 70's. The movie begins with a very very frightened teenager girl going into a police station. She tells about a murder: her cousin. Sutherland, the inspector, try to solve the case by asking some usual suspects and, eventually, reading the personal diary of the dead girl where he finds the clue to get to know who's the killer. In the middle of the movie, the story turns to be more about the relationship between the murdered girl and his cousin: the brother of the accusing young girl.Finally, we can see a surprising end. Good movie just to watch once, not more. It's not strong enough because the script is not very solid. It deserves to be watched because of a Donald Sutherland in his best and a little character supported by Donald Pleasance, doing quite well.
 
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