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Empire of the Wolves (2005)

L'empire des loups (original title)
A disgraced policeman helps a young detective to hunt down a serial killer who targets Turkish women in Paris.

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Chris Nahon

Writers:

Jean-Christophe Grangé (novel), Jean-Christophe Grangé (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Reno ... Jean-Louis Schiffer
Arly Jover ... Anna Heymes
Jocelyn Quivrin ... Paul Nerteaux
Laura Morante ... Mathilde Urano
Philippe Bas Philippe Bas ... Laurent
David Kammenos David Kammenos ... Azer Zeki
Didier Sauvegrain Didier Sauvegrain ... Dr. Ackerman
Patrick Floersheim Patrick Floersheim ... Philippe Charlier
Etienne Chicot ... Olivier Amien
Albert Dray Albert Dray ... Le lieutenant
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Kudseyi
Élodie Navarre ... La fliquette
Philippe du Janerand ... Le légiste
Corentin Koskas Corentin Koskas ... L'interne
Jean-Pierre Martins ... Professeur Ravi
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Storyline

Suffering from terrifying hallucinations and alarmingly frequent incidents of amnesia, Anna Heymes, the troubled wife of a French civil servant, finds it increasingly difficult to remember the face of her husband. In the meantime, as the third mutilated body of a Turkish woman emerges from the dark Parisian sewers, the young chief of the investigation, Paul Nerteaux, enlists the help of the dishonoured former detective, Jean-Louis Schiffer. Now, Schiffer's brutal methods, along with his profound experience, are Paul's last hope to shed light on this intricate case. Can they find who is behind the gruesome murders before it's too late? Written by Nick Riganas

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If You Can't Remember Your Past... You Can't Save Your Future. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 April 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Empire of the Wolves See more »

Filming Locations:

Uchisar, Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR24,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,373,145
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Anna gets out of the shower and dresses, her bra is not clipped properly at the back, but when she goes to the door it is now clipped correctly. See more »

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One of the better movies I have seen in a while.
16 December 2006 | by pal-o-loSee all my reviews

Well, I am certainly getting more and more impressed with the acting skills of Jean Reno, that's for sure! He shifts so easily between hero and villain. In this movie one never quite figured which one he was. At least I didn't. And the other actors, whom i am sad to say I don't know, did their part almost as good. All in all it was top notch acting all around, and that is seldom to see in an action/thriller. Usually it is the lead man or woman that carries the movie on his/her shoulder.

And the story went in so many different directions that I was kept on the tip of my toes for all of the movie.

The script was very tightly written, the pace never dulled, and the foreboding atmosphere brought forth by magnificent use of camera and lighting, went as a red thread through it all. It made me believe this was something it was not.

The reason I am giving Empire of The Wolves a strong 8, instead of a pure 10, is because of the scientific mumbo jumbo. It was the only part that seemed a little off. It was just a bit too much science fiction like. Now i love a good science fiction flick as much as the other guy, but it did not quite fit in here, i feel. They should have come up with something a bit more realistic. It isn't that easy to mess with memories.

And yes, i know that it probably were made that way on purpose, to throw the watcher off the scent, as was certain other unrealistic elements in the movie, that I won't go further into. But i feel they fit better with the mood of the movie.

Anyway, if you haven't seen Empire of The Wolves, do it as soon as you can. Because this is still a seriously well made movie. It is a shame it has such relatively low rating on the IMDb. It deserves better.

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