Cendres et sang

(France/Romania/Portugal, 2009, 99 minutes)

A widower and her three grown-up children return to her native country for a family wedding and find themselves embroiled in the blood feud that drove her away in the first place. Muddled melodrama that aims for operatic tragedy but, despite seductive visuals and a couple of good performances, has neither the chops nor the ideas to pull it through successfully.

Paulo Branco presents an Alfama Films Production/ARTE France Cinéma/DD Productions/Hirsch/Libra Film production; associate production Clap Filmes; with the participation of Centre National de la Cinématographie, Canal Plus, Cinécinéma, Romanian National Film Centre, Rádio e Televisão de Portugal.
Starring Olga Tudorache, Andrei Finti, Razvan Vasilescu, Grégoire Roger, Marinela Ion, Madalina Constantin, Ronit Elkabetz, Tudor A. Istodor, Celina Nitu, Florentina Nastase, Marc Ruchmann, Abraham Belaga, Claire Bouanich, Ion Besoiu, Adrian Paduraru, Daniel Pisleaga, Maria Arabo, Gabriela Finca, Usama al Homani, Ion Cosma, Andrei Aradits, Vlad Radescu.
Directed and written by Fanny Ardant; produced by Paulo Branco; music by David Moreau; director of photography (GTC, Panavision), Gérard de Battista; art director, Isabel Branco; wardrobe, Nicoleta Carnu; film editor, Celia Lafitedupont.


Anonymous said…
Muddled is a perfect description of this movie! First of all I couldn't figure out what country they were in - thought Romania because of the gypsy music and bull-headed chauvinistic men, but then thought it could be Lebanon, Greece, Turkey or some other place. Characters were not distinguishable from one another, and reason for blood feud wasn't quite as clear as it might have been - not on my top 25 list of French flics!!
Flickophile francaise!

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