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Ashes and Blood

Original title
Cendres et sang (Ashes and Blood)
Year
Running time
105 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Paolo Sorrentino, Fanny Ardant (Novel: Ismail Kadare)
Cinematography
Gérard de Battista
Cast
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Producer
Co-production France-Romania-Portugal; Alfama Films / arte France Cinéma / Hirsch / DD Productions / Libra Film / Canal+ / CinéCinéma / Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)
Genre
Drama
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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