The Crimson Rivers – French Fried week

There are quite a number of French films available on instant Netflix. We will be featuring some of them this week. The Crimson Rivers is currently available on instant Netflix.

WATCH: The Crimson Rivers (2000) – Rated R for adult content, brief nudity, graphic language and graphic violence.

“A pair of French investigators working on seemingly unconnected cases — a grisly ritual killing in an insular university town and a graveyard desecration that occurred 150 miles away — join forces when their clues ultimately dovetail. Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel play the mismatched sleuths whose paths converge, and the icy French Alps serve as the eerie backdrop for this atmospheric thriller from director Mathieu Kassovitz.”

“You are here for the desecration. Follow me.”

Mathieu Kassovitz had Jean-Christophe Grange adapt his (Grange) own novel for the screen. It is a very interesting whydunit set in a mountainous region of France.

The outdoor cinematography here is gorgeous. The nature shots are spectacular including long shots of a superb rockface waterfall and helicopter tracking shots of glaciers high atop the mountains. The scene where Pierre and Fanny are climbing down into an ice crevasse is breathtaking.

Almost as fascinating to look at are some superb shots of architecture particularly some elegant stone work.

The English translation of this film is very troublesome. There are whole sections of dialogue that are clearly not translated at all. It is as if the transcriptionist was deciding which bits were important to read and which were extraneous detail.

Jean Reno is always excellent in my opinion. Heck I even enjoyed him in the American Godzilla remake (even though the film was not good). Vincent Cassel is a bundle of energy as the other cop, Max. Nadia Fares is the glaciologist Fanny Fereira.

With the exception of the subtitle issue, this film is very similar in nature to The Da Vinci Code.

I enjoyed the film and do give it a watch recommendation but with reservations. The translation is very frustrating – I imagine that if you understand French this is much more enjoyable.

If you really enjoy this film then stick Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse in your DVD queue.

People Watch: Look for director Mathieu Kassovitz in a cameo as a hooded killer attacking Pierre.