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.
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.