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The Crimson Rivers, also known as Les rivières pourpres is a 2000 French police drama film directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and based on the best-selling novel Les rivières pourpres by the film's co-writer Jean-Christophe Grangé.

Detective Superintendent (Commissaire Principal) Pierre Niemans (Jean Reno), a well-known investigator, is sent to the fictional small university town of Guernon in the French Alps to investigate a brutal murder and mutilation; the victim's body had been placed in the fetal position, his eyes removed and his hands cut off. The victim was a senior student of the university. Superintendent Niemans begins his investigation by enlisting the help of Fanny Ferreira (Nadia Farès), who is a glaciologist and a student at the university.

Meanwhile, Detective Inspector (Lieutenant de Police) and former car thief Max Kerkerian (Vincent Cassel) is in the nearby town of Sarzac investigating the desecration of the grave of a girl who died in 1982, and the theft of her photos from the local primary school. His first suspects, a gang of skinheads, lead him to Guernon, where his investigation collides with that of Superintendent Niemans. As the plot unfolds, Niemans and Kerkerian notice the startling connections between their cases, and the remainder of the film revolves around their combined efforts to solve the mystery and prevent further bloodshed.



Contains examples of:

  "Twenty-four..."

    • He meant the room number on the door they had just passed.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else: Remy Callois and Phillip Sertys, the guys in charge of the Eugenics program, were the university librarian and a nurse at the maternity ward.
  • Those Two Guys: Kerkerian's two Policiers Nationale.
  • You Didn't Ask: After the fight with the skinheads.
  • You Fail Pharmacology Forever: In the Crimson Rivers 2 movie, where they use amphetamines as a sort of super serum that works instantly.
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