Original title: “Les salauds”
France – Revenge thriller – Year: 2013 – Running time: 100 mins
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Denis (35 Shots of Rum, Beau Travail) weaves a powerful web of intrigue and macabre menace in this atmospheric neo-noir, as headspinning as The Big Sleep. Marco, a ship’s captain, abandons his post, returning to France when he hears that his sister is in trouble. Her husband has committed suicide, driven to despair by debt repayments to a shadowy businessman and allowing the sexual exploitation of his daughter in lieu of cash. Marco now seeks an intricate revenge. A pulsing original soundtrack enhances the disquieting mood.
Bastards is Denis’ most eventful, impactful film in quite some time.
Tara Brady, Irish Times
Director: Claire Denis
White Material (2009) / 35 Shots of Rum (2008) / Beau Travail (1999)