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Ashes and Blood

Original title
Cendres et sang (Ashes and Blood)
Running time
105 min.
France France
Paolo Sorrentino, Fanny Ardant (Novel: Ismail Kadare)
Gérard de Battista
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Co-production France-Romania-Portugal; Alfama Films / arte France Cinéma / Hirsch / DD Productions / Libra Film / Canal+ / CinéCinéma / Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)
Synopsis / Plot
Judith’s husband has been murdered in the old country, Romania. Once widowed, she severs her ties with her family and takes her two sons, Pashko and Ismael, and younger daughter Mira to Marseilles, to live far away from the homeland she evidently abhors. Ten years later, she is invited for a family wedding and reluctantly returns. The cold reception waiting there for them indicates some problems, and some of the reasons for this animosity are eventually clarified as the relationships between the three clans which run this mysterious place become clearer. Thanks in part to Judith’s actions, there is now a visceral vendetta between the families, which could have been averted by the forthcoming wedding.
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