You’d recognize director Guillaum Canet as the French boyfriend appearing alongside Leonard DiCaprio in The Beach. Since that project, he’s gravitated to writing and directing. His new film Blood Ties is co-written with James Gray (We Own The Night), and has been seriously influenced by gritty crime thrillers set in the 1970s. The story focuses on two brothers, one on either side of the law, who face off over organized crime in Brooklyn.
The film debuted at Cannes Film Festival. It stars Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Noah Emmerich,Griffin Dunne, James Caan, and Matthias Schoenaerts. It will likely be released at some point in 2013.
NSFW for language.
New York, 1974. Fifty year-old Chris has just been released on good behavior after several years in prison following a gangland murder. Waiting for him reluctantly outside the prison gates is his younger brother, Frank, a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their father, Leon, who’d raised them alone, seems strangely to prefer Chris – this, despite all his troubles.Yet blood ties are the ones that bind. Frank, hoping that his brother has changed, is willing to give him a chance; he shares his home, finds him a job, and helps him reconnect with his children and his ex-wife, Monica. But Chris’ past quickly catches up to him, and his descent back into a life of crime becomes inevitable. For Frank, this descent proves to be the last in a long line of betrayals, and after his brother’s latest transgressions, he banishes him from his life. But it’s already too late; the brothers’ destiny will keep bounded, forever…