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In the Arms of My Enemy
     

In the Arms of My Enemy

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Director: Micha Wald

Cast: Adrien Jolivet, Grégoire Colin, François-René Dupont

 
Set in 1810, director Micha Wald's tense revenge drama follows a vengeful Cossack (Adrien Jolivet) as he sets out on an epic journey to bring his brother's killer to justice.

Overview

Set in 1810, director Micha Wald's tense revenge drama follows a vengeful Cossack (Adrien Jolivet) as he sets out on an epic journey to bring his brother's killer to justice.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2008
UPC:
0667443585145
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Picture This
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:25:00

Special Features

Director's short film "Alice and Me"; Photo gallery; U.S. trailer; French trailer; Coming attractions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adrien Jolivet Jakub
Grégoire Colin Roman
François-René Dupont Elias
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet Vladimir

Technical Credits
Micha Wald Director,Screenwriter
Claude Beaugrand Sound/Sound Designer
Luc Boudrias Sound/Sound Designer
Olivier Bronckart Associate Producer
Jacques-Henri Bronckart Producer
Nadia Chmilewsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Paul De Zaeytijd Cinematographer
Veronique Gabillaud Sound/Sound Designer
Johan Johannsson Score Composer
Jóhann Jóhansson Score Composer
Richard Lalonde Associate Producer
Philippe Liégeois Associate Producer
Jeff Mercelis Score Composer
Stephan Micus Score Composer
Jean-Michel Rey Associate Producer
Susanna Rossberg Editor
Lisa Schonker Makeup
Arlette Zylberberg Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- In the Arms of My Enemy
1. In the East [2:57]
2. Stealing Bread [3:42]
3. Training Camp [4:57]
4. Sabre Practice [3:48]
5. Horse Riding [2:36]
6. Cold Water [6:18]
7. New Cossacks [4:02]
8. Norse Thieves [3:03]
9. Getaway [3:44]
10. Elias & Virina [5:42]
11. Young Brothers [5:23]
12. On the Trail [5:37]
13. Chance Meeting [5:44]
14. Unlikely Help [2:31]
15. Lives Spared [4:13]
16. Renewed Fighting [3:56]
17. Revenge [6:39]
18. Moving On [3:33]
19. End Credits [3:56]

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In the Arms of My Enemy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Micha Wald has created a strong masculine drama as writer and director of 'VOLEURS DE CHEVAUX' (IN THE ARMS OF MY ENEMY), a film with a grand sweeping view of nineteenth century life in the region of Russia and has accomplished this with a very small budget, a cast a both unknown and new actors, and a production crew sensitive to place and atmosphere. For some reason the marketing of this film has been directed to a particular audience instead of emphasizing the broad spectrum of those who love epic dramas. It deserves very wide attention, as it is an excellent meditation on the rigors of filial love among the destitute of the period. Part I: Him: Jakub (Adrien Jolivet) is the diminutive but strong older brother of Vladimir (Gr&#233 goire Leprince- Ringuet), a gentle and handsome young lad who depends on Jakub's 'parenting'. The two destitute brothers fend for themselves, dressed in rags, begging for food and work, until they encounter a group of soldiers who are enlisting young men to be Cossacks. Jakub sees the opportunity for food and shelter and 'belonging' and encourages Vladimir to join him in enlisting. The rigors of 'boot camp' drive Jakub to dangerous extremes and result in his being punished and imprisoned for varying periods of time while he still masters fighting techniques and equestrian skills: the more defenseless Vladimir falls victim to abuses at the hands of his fellow recruits. When Jakub discovers that Vladimir has been raped, he resorts to serious fighting and the two brothers are placed in a solitary confinement box. When their training period is over, the boys witness the brutality of the Cossacks as they slaughter innocent families, and this is the breaking point that drives them to desertion. They escape the Cossacks on stolen horses, but while bathing in a river, their horses are stolen. Part II: Them: The horse thieves are two other impoverished brothers with a strong parallel - Roman (Gr&#233 goire Colin) is the stronger, pugilistic older brother who takes care of his younger brother Elias (Fran&#231 ois- Ren&#233 Dupont), a gentle lad crippled in youth by a goring from a ram but who maintains an ability to communicate with animals. They live humbly in a forest shack and an underground hideaway, and when they make their rare excursions into the village tavern, Roman jealously guards the more fragile Elias, threatening even the girl Virina (Myl&#232 ne St-Sauveur) with whom Elias is infatuated. Using a combination of their skills, Roman and Elias steal the horses of Jakub and Vladimir, and the trail of vengeance begins. Part III: Us: Both sets of brothers are needy and their destinies collide due to the theft of horses. Tragedies mount, both sets of brothers intensify their filial bond of compassion, but the older brothers fight to the death of one and in the end one of the brothers provides succor to the survivor of the other set of brothers and the ending leaves the audience to guess the future altered by violence and need. Micha Wald draws powerful performances from his young cast of beautiful actors and with a minimum of dialogue ( in French with English subtitles) he creates wholly credible characters about whom we care very much. The cinematography by Jean-Paul de Zaetijd is superb and the haunting musical score by J&#243 hann J&#243 hannsson, Jeff Mercelis and Stephan Micus is rich in capturing the harmonies of the music of the period and the location. In all, this is a visually stunning film and a story that is subtle and touching and impressively sophisticated in the manner in which it is told. Highly recommended. Grady Harp