Clive and Mila

If the Cannes Film Festival is good for anything, it’s letting a select few people see great movies that the rest of us are going to have to wait months to get our eyeballs on. In one respect it’s a tantalizing glimpse at our film future, and in the other it’s a torturous tease that only gives us whispers about unattainable pleasures. Every once in a while a film debuting at Cannes will at least release a trailer around the same time though, so those of us not at the festival can get a taste of what we’re missing, and this seems to be the case with Guillaume Canet’s first English-language film as a director, Blood Ties.

You should be warned that there’s some naughty language in the clip that lies below, but if that isn’t the sort of thing that offends you, then you’re going to want to click through and watch, because Blood Ties is a 70s-set crime drama that stars Clive Owen, Mila Kunis, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts, and James Caan, and if you’re not willing to admit that you have a crush on at least a handful of those people, then you’re just a liar. A stinking liar.

In addition to being a fairly affecting-looking take on fathers, sons, brothers, and the ties that bind, Blood Ties also appears to be a really stylish take on 70s crime films that’s full of grainy cinematography, awesome mustaches, boxy cars, and spectacular music of the period. Seriously, somebody who knows about such things let us know what song that is playing over all of the gunshots and yelling. It’s excellent and not easily Googled.

The film still has a generic U.S. release date of “2013,” but it rolls out in various European places starting in August and moving through November, so hopefully we’ll be getting it sometime in the fall as well.


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