The Family

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(2013) ★★½

Film4: PREMIERE Wednesday 6 January, 9pm

Robert De Niro the head of a Brooklyn mafia family relocated to Normandy under the watchful eye of FBI minder Tommy Lee Jones. Believing himself to be not just a wiseguy but a good guy, De Niro still lives by Al Capone’s credo: “Asking polite with a gun in your hand is better than asking polite.”

And, still married to the mob after all these years, Michelle Pfeiffer finds little solace in the local church confessional: “Your family is the incarnation of evil,” says the priest, “leave this holy place for the love of God!” Luc Besson’s violent crime comedy is a family fairy tale.

Taking place in a quaint part of France where everyone speaks English in ’Allo ’Allo accents, it’s not that kind of family and it’s not that kind of fairy tale. It’s a blood-spattered farce that dies laughing, flipping a finger to the feds while celebrating a bunch of criminal psychopaths. Analyze this: the source novel, Malavita, took its name from the family dog.

Certificate: 15

Duration: 107min

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Other Showings Date & Time
Film4 Tuesday, 12 January at 9:00PM