Les Liens de Sangue

blood-relatives-1978

Les liens de Sangue(1978) aka “Blood Relatives”

directed by:Claude Chabrol

cast: Donald Sutherland, Aude Landry, Lisa Langlois,David Hemmings,Donal Pleasence

Unjustly forgotten and faded into obscurity this offering by the renowned Frenchman Claude Chabrol is a high caliber old-fashioned mystery/psychological thriller that slowly but surely builds tension thanks to Chabrol’s masterful direction and some first rate performances by Donald Sutherland and the rest of the cast.

Montreal: Late at night the teenage Patricia flees into a police department, covered all over with blood. She states that together with her cousin she took shelter from rain in an entry way on their way home from a party, when an unknown man threatened them, forced her cousin to perform oral sex and then killed her. Patricia could barely escape. The police starts searching among the known sex criminals – but then Patricia changes her statement and states her brother Andrew, who had an affair with his cousin, was the murderer. Inspector Carella doesn’t quite believe both the statements.

Mostly based upon procedural details, flashbacks and narration courtesy of the victim ,”Blood Relatives” offers a loose but interesting through and through and not fragmented plot.In my opinion the most of the questions that were lingering in the air during the viewing of the film were answered during the last reel of the film,however the climax was a little bit too obvious ,hence underwhelming.Kudos must be given to the sexually charged subplot that is quite disturbing and probably the only connection of the film to the sleaze cinematic universe.

On a different note, cinematography and direction were self-assured and neat .Plus the location was suitably rainy and gloomy.The cast consisting of both first rate actors like Sutherland,Pleasence and Hemmings and rookies like Landry and Langlois deliver very solid performances .

Overall, a very solid and atmospheric offering of old-school genre cinema.However ,some people might find the lack of gore odd , in any case this film is not addressed to the splatter fans but to mystery buffs instead.

Υπόγεια διαβρωτικό,υποβλητικό και γοητευτικό τεμάχιο από το  άξιο τέκνο της Νουβέλ βάγκ, Κλώντ Σαμπρόλ.

Η δεκατριάχρονη Πατρίσια ,λουσμένη στο αίμα εισβάλλει μέσα στα μαύρα μεσάνυχτα σε φουαγιέ ξενοδοχείου του Μόντρεαλ ουρλιάζοντας “βοήθεια” και ισχυριζόμενη πως η δεκαεπτάχρονη εξάδελφη της δολοφονήθηκε από μανιακό.Η υπόθεση την οποία αναλαμβάνει ο επιθεωρητής Κορέλλα αποδεικνύεται σταυρόλεξο για δυνατούς λύτες και μόνο η αποκάλυψη του ημερολογίου της νεκρής Μύριελ θα δώσει λυση στο μυστήριο.

Θρίλερ μυστηρίου με αρκετό ζουμί ,καθώς και με αρκετά sleazy στοιχεία στην πλοκή του ώστε να αφορά και τους βαμμένους φανς του exploitation και με ένα καστ πρώτης εθνικής ,το Blood relatives αν και παλιομοδίτικο ,ευτυχώς δεν αποδεικνύεται φέσι σαν το Cardiac Arrest.To Montreal δείχνει αρκούντως σκοτεινό και δυσοίωνο και το σασπένς κρατάει το θεατή εν πλω έως το τέλος της ταινίας.

Μην περιμένετε gore,αλλά εάν ενδιαφέρεστε για το συγκεκριμένο είδος ταινιών δεν έχετε να χάσετε απολύτως τίποτα.

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