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

I just wanna try to help.

You've always been

good to me, Frank.

You know I trust you.

It's just, um, I don't

want any trouble here.

I understand that.

It would really help me out.

Can you help me?

I might, yes.

I still need to ask Fabio.

He is the one who runs the

joint here, you know.

That's who calls the shots.

- I'll talk to him.

- Okay, thanks.

Clean this spill here.

When you are done, go and

clean the bathroom. Okay?

I'm gonna try to, uh, find

you a better mattress, too.

It's fine. Don't worry about it.

All right, well, you know,

make yourself at home, dude.

Oh, the toilet's broken

so, if you wanna flush it,

you gotta jiggle the, the bar

and if that, that doesn't work,

- you gotta lift the ball inside.

- Yeah, no problem.

But I'm serious about this

because the whole thing will...

- Will flood if you don't...

- All right.

I got it. It's good.

You want a beer?

Here, an ashtray.

You know those guys?


So, uh, how was first

day at the lot?

It was okay.

It's a start though, right?

I'm sure something... Something

better's gonna come up.

- These guys don't look familiar to you?

- Frank, do me a favor.


Jesus Christ, you scared me, man.

What do you say, Chris!

What are you doing, man?

- Whoa!

- Hey.

It's about fucking time, man.

- How you're doing?

- Look at you, man!

Oh, man. I'm doing all right now.

What about Big Sal?

Oh, man! You won't be seeing

him around here no more.

He bought a bar, over in Manhattan.

He's doing all right.

I hear he plays poker

with the DA these days.

Can you imagine? That scumbag.

What about you, Chris? Any plans?

Keep the judge happy.

Here where it says "print" and then

the timing when she got here...

I'm gonna... I'm also gonna give

you some forms to fill out.

So, please fill these out.

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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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