Blood Brothers

A prank by a couple of rich kids and their socially inferior playmate leads to murder in "Blood Brothers," a surprisingly uncompelling drama, based on a true story, from freshman helmer Arno Dierickx.

With:
With: Erik van Heijningen, Matthijs van de Sande Bakhuyzen, Sander van Amsterdam, Derk Stenvers, Pierre Bokma, Betty Schuurman, Carolien Spoor, Dimme Treurniet, Marthe-Geke Bracht, Bert Geurkink.

A prank by a couple of rich kids and their socially inferior playmate leads to murder in “Blood Brothers,” a surprisingly uncompelling drama, based on a true story, from freshman helmer Arno Dierickx. Though the 1960s setting is superficially pretty, Dierickx never delves below the surface of either his locale or his protags, offering up a standard-issue tale lacking in necessary psychological probing. Pic’s anemic heart means circulation will be limited to Euro TV.

Everything’s attractive at the van Riebeeck manse, including brothers Arnout (Matthijs van de Sande Bakhuyzen) and Victor (Derk Stenvers). Ace student Simon (Erik van Heijningen), from the other side of the tracks, thinks he’s managed to erase class barriers when the family accepts him as a summer diversion, though auds know better. When white trash petty thief Ronnie (Sander van Amsterdam) gets into mischief, the three hide him in the attic, but as weeks pass the game is no longer fun and the friends have to decide what to do with the troublesome toughie. Unfortunately, Dierickx sticks to stereotypes, though visuals have a coolly attractive air. Game young cast can’t rise above the material.

Blood Brothers

Netherlands

Production: An Inspire Pictures release (in Netherlands) of a Rinkel Film & TV Prods., AVRO, Zoo Pictures production. (International sales: Nonstop Sales, Stockholm, Sweden.) Produced by Reinier Selen, Edwin van Meurs. Executive producer, Monique van Welzen. Co-producers, Justine Paauw, Ruud van der Heyde, Jacqueline de Goeij. Directed by Arno Dierickx. Screenplay, Jan Bernard Bussemaker, Bert Bouma.

Crew: Camera (color, Super 16mm-to-35mm), Renaat Lambeets; editor, Wouter Jansen; music, Johan Hoogewijs; production designer, Vincent de Pater; costume designer, Margriet Procee. Reviewed at San Sebastian Film Festival (Zabaltegi), Sept. 20, 2008. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: With: Erik van Heijningen, Matthijs van de Sande Bakhuyzen, Sander van Amsterdam, Derk Stenvers, Pierre Bokma, Betty Schuurman, Carolien Spoor, Dimme Treurniet, Marthe-Geke Bracht, Bert Geurkink.

More Film

  • A Quiet Place

    China Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Opens Third Behind ‘Infinity War'

    A prank by a couple of rich kids and their socially inferior playmate leads to murder in “Blood Brothers,” a surprisingly uncompelling drama, based on a true story, from freshman helmer Arno Dierickx. Though the 1960s setting is superficially pretty, Dierickx never delves below the surface of either his locale or his protags, offering up […]

  • Patricia Morison Dead: 'Kiss Me Kate'

    Patricia Morison, Stage Star of 'Kiss Me, Kate', Dies at 103

    A prank by a couple of rich kids and their socially inferior playmate leads to murder in “Blood Brothers,” a surprisingly uncompelling drama, based on a true story, from freshman helmer Arno Dierickx. Though the 1960s setting is superficially pretty, Dierickx never delves below the surface of either his locale or his protags, offering up […]

  • Does Cannes Have a Future? Yes,

    Does Cannes Have a Future? Yes, But the Festival Needs to Change

    A prank by a couple of rich kids and their socially inferior playmate leads to murder in “Blood Brothers,” a surprisingly uncompelling drama, based on a true story, from freshman helmer Arno Dierickx. Though the 1960s setting is superficially pretty, Dierickx never delves below the surface of either his locale or his protags, offering up […]

  • DEADPOOL 2

    'Deadpool 2' Leads International Box Office With Powerful $176 Million Debut

    A prank by a couple of rich kids and their socially inferior playmate leads to murder in “Blood Brothers,” a surprisingly uncompelling drama, based on a true story, from freshman helmer Arno Dierickx. Though the 1960s setting is superficially pretty, Dierickx never delves below the surface of either his locale or his protags, offering up […]

  • BlacKkKlansman

    Variety Critics Name the 12 Best Movies From Cannes 2018

    A prank by a couple of rich kids and their socially inferior playmate leads to murder in “Blood Brothers,” a surprisingly uncompelling drama, based on a true story, from freshman helmer Arno Dierickx. Though the 1960s setting is superficially pretty, Dierickx never delves below the surface of either his locale or his protags, offering up […]

  • DEADPOOL 2

    Box Office: 'Deadpool 2' Propels to $125 Million Opening

    A prank by a couple of rich kids and their socially inferior playmate leads to murder in “Blood Brothers,” a surprisingly uncompelling drama, based on a true story, from freshman helmer Arno Dierickx. Though the 1960s setting is superficially pretty, Dierickx never delves below the surface of either his locale or his protags, offering up […]

  • U.S.-China Film Talks Now Part of

    U.S.-China Film Talks Now Hostage to Trade War (Report)

    A prank by a couple of rich kids and their socially inferior playmate leads to murder in “Blood Brothers,” a surprisingly uncompelling drama, based on a true story, from freshman helmer Arno Dierickx. Though the 1960s setting is superficially pretty, Dierickx never delves below the surface of either his locale or his protags, offering up […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content