The Crimson Rivers (Les rivières pourpres)
Release year: 2000
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Screenwriter: Jean-Christophe Grangé (novel), Mathieu Kassovitz
Starring: Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel, Nadia Farés, Dominique Sanda, Karim Belkhadra, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Didier Flamand
Detective Pierre Niemans (Jean Reno) is sent to a small university town to investigate a brutal murder. Local detective Max Kerkerian (Vincent Cassel) is investigating the desecration of a grave. The investigation lead the two men together and as they discover that their cases seems strangely but undeniable connected they decide to work together to uncover secrets with roots deep in the town.
Kassovitz’s (Gothika, 2003) phsychological thriller is based on the bestselling novel by the same name and was a huge succes both in its home countrey France as well as international. Starring renowned actor Reno (Léon, 1994) as well as the brilliant Cassel (Black Swan, 2010), both are excellent as tough and dedicated law men and create amazing chemistry as the reluctant team. The story at times seems cut short, meaning not everything seems clear and explained at the end, which can confuse but it is tense and gritty in a sense today mostly connected with the popular Scandinavian crimes. A solid crime thriller leaving enough lust for more to seek out the sequel Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004).
The dead body in the morgue is made out of latex and formed after Nadia Farès’ fitness trainer.
Picture copyright: NF Film