Blood Ties

Synopsis: New York, 1974. Fifty-year-old Chris (Clive Owen) has just been released on good behavior after several years in prison following a gangland murder. Reluctantly waiting for him outside the gates is his younger brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, and their father, Leon (James Caan), who raised them alone, seems to favor Chris despite all his troubles. Yet blood ties are the ones that bind, and 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 (Marion Cotillard). But Chris' inevitable descent back into a life of crime proves to be the last in a long line of betrayals, and after his brother's latest transgressions, Frank banishes him from his life. But it's already too late, as the brothers' destiny is bound together, forever.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Guillaume Canet
Production: Roadside Attractions
Rotten Tomatoes:
127 min

They just took out one lung.

I hope the geniuses

left the good one.

- I'm breathin' pretty good, huh?

- Yeah.

Hey, Frankie boy.

- Hey, Pop.

- Hey.

- You look good.

- Hi.

Yeah. You shouldn't

be up, so come on.

I know, I shouldn't.

Get in here, now.

Mother Teresa. Come on.

I'll tell ya what, they got

two, three nurses here,

and I'll bet ya, I can be as

good as I was, at least once.

Mmm, okay.

So, what are the doctors saying?

The doctors say, they say, uh...

They say, "You got insurance?"

And they say, "Wait

until you get better."

I'll be out soon.

Yeah, I don't know why I ask you.

I'm gonna go ask them myself, okay?

Yeah, sure.

- I'm gonna let you two talk.

- Love you, pal.

You're not too

talkative, huh, buddy.

I mean it's all right.

It's all right. I mean...

The good thing is you're out.

I'm just on leave,

Pop. It's a furlough.

I don't get a job, they keep me in.


It's a long time you was gone.

Frank, been a long time.

Kids are on the couch.

Kids, this is your father.

Come on, get up.

Hey, what're you doing? It's me.

I'm your father.

Come here, give me a kiss.

We can take it back.

No, it's okay. Thanks.


Mom, can I go play these?

Of course, sweetie. Go ahead.

So, I, uh, I hear

you been left back?

- Yeah.

- Yeah? You gotta buckle down.


"Yeah, yeah."

It's not enough to say

"yeah" all the time.

He goes out every night.

You listen to your mother.

You screw up in school, that's

how you stay in the sewer.

Frank! Come on, join.

- No.

- Come on!

I taught him everything he knows.

Let me ask you something, Frank.

How close could you be with this

guy I've known you for 12 years.

You never mentioned him to me once.

Not once.

Well, we... We, uh,

we had some problems.

But that's behind us.

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Guillaume Canet

Guillaume Canet (born 10 April 1973) is a French actor, film director and screenwriter, and show jumper. Canet began his career in theatre and television before moving to film. He starred in several films like Joyeux Noël, Love Me If You Dare and The Beach. In 2006, he turned to writing and directing with Tell No One and won a César Award for Best Director. more…

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