Clive Owen in Blood Ties

For his English-language debut, French filmmaker Guillaume Canet chose to do a remake of a French film that he himself had starred in a few years previous: Rivals (a.k.a. Les liens du sang), based on a novel by Bruno Papet and Michel Papet. Canet’s version, titled Blood Ties, hit Cannes last year and is now headed for release in the U.S.

Scripted by James Gray (Two Lovers), the drama centers on two very different brothers in ’70s New York. Billy Crudup‘s Frank is a bright cop, while Clive Owen‘s Chris is a criminal fresh out of prison. The film boasts an impressive supporting cast including James Caan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, and Marion Cotillard. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Another big Cannes premiere this year was the crime drama Blood Ties, co-written by Two Lovers director James Gray, and the first English-language film directed by Guillaume Canet (Tell No One). The film has quite a cast, and a period ’70s setting in Brooklyn, as it remakes the 2008 French thriller Les liens du sang by Jacques Maillot.

The cast includes Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard reuniting from Rust & Bone, but the prime cast members are Clive Owen and Billy Crudup, with Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, and James Caan. The plot relies on an old conceit: two brothers on opposite sides of the law. But there’s some changing of sides, and the ensemble cast expands the scope of the production by involving far more people than the two brothers.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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