added: Tue, May 21st '13
After recently premiering out of competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the first international trailer has surfaced for "Blood Ties," the gritty New York-set crime drama starring Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Lili Taylor, Matthias Schoenaerts, and James Caan (just to name a few).
French actor-turned-helmer Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) makes his English-language debut, co-writing the script with New York-born filmmaker James Gray (We Own the Night). An adaptation of a pulpy French crime novel (which itself was adapted into a French feature that starred Canet, 2008's Rivals), the story orbits around the complicated lives of two brothers from 1974 New York: One is a former street hustler (Owen), who's just been released from prison after serving several years for murder. While the other is a police detective (Crudup), who's deeply conflicted about his brother's home coming.
The film is expected to open in France in October, while a distribution deal for the U.S. market is still unknown.
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. Waiting for him reluctantly outside the prison 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, 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 (Marion Cotillard). 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...
directed by Guillaume Canet
starring Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Lili Taylor, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Caan, Noah Emmerich
release date 2013