‘The Family’: Brutality’s in their blood
In most mob movies, the gangsters try to maintain some distance between business and family life.
Remember Michael Corleone telling Kay she could ask him about his business, just this one time?
Oh sure, in most Mafia films the wife might know the true nature of her husband’s dealings, and the children (or at least the sons) often will have the opportunity to join the family business — but only after they’ve reached a certain age.
Not so with Giovanni Manzoni, his wife and children in Luc Besson’s “The Family.” Giovanni (Robert De Niro) is a second-generation mobster turned informant, now in the Witness Protection Program, but his wife, Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer), his 17-year-old daughter, Belle, and his 14-year-old son, Warren, share Giovanni’s hair-trigger temper and his penchant for solving just about any dilemma with brutal violence.