Blood Relatives

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Blood Relatives
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Produced by Denis Héroux
Eugène Lépicier
Written by Sydney Banks
Claude Chabrol
Ed McBain
Starring Donald Sutherland
Aude Landry
Donald Pleasence
Lisa Langlois
David Hemmings
Stephane Audran
Music by Pierre Jansen
Cinematography Jean Rabier
Edited by Yves Langlois
Distributed by Filmcorp Productions Inc. (1981) (USA)
Astral Video (1984) (Canada)
CMV Laservision (2005) (Germany)
United Artists Video (UAV)
Release dates
France 1 February 1978
Canada 8 September 1978
Finland 16 February 1979
Denmark 7 September 1979
United States October 1981
Italy November 2005 (Turin Film Festival)
Running time
100 mins.
Country France/Canada

Blood Relatives is a 1978 Canadian-French film directed by Claude Chabrol.


Blood Relatives involves the brutal murder of a teenage girl and the subsequent investigation led by Donald Sutherland, reprising his low-key cop role from Klute. Claude Chabrol and his regular cinematographer Jean Rabier manage to create an unsettling mood, effectively using the streets of Old Montreal to create an atmosphere of doom and gloom.

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