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Marco returns to Paris after his brother-in-law's suicide, where he targets the man his sister believes caused the tragedy - though he is ill-prepared for her secrets as they quickly muddy the waters.

Starring:
Vincent Lindon, Alex Descas
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Bastards

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Vincent Lindon, Alex Descas, Lola CréTon, Michel Subor, Julie Bataille, Florence Loiret Caille, Chiara Mastroianni, Grégoire Colin
Director Claire Denis
Genres Drama
Studio Artificial Eye
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages French
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Vincent Lindon, Alex Descas, Lola CréTon, Michel Subor, Julie Bataille, Florence Loiret Caille, Chiara Mastroianni, Grégoire Colin
Director Claire Denis
Genres Drama
Studio Fusion Media Sales
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages French
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

2.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 May 2014
Format: DVD
Released in France as `Les Salauds' this is the latest from the highly distinctive French film maker Claire Denis. It is about Marco who is a super tanker captain; he returns to Paris after his sister, Sandra, calls him back. Her husband has committed suicide and she holds corrupt businessman, Laporte, responsible. So Marco moves into the same apartment block where Monsieur Laporte has installed his mistress and son.

We are never quite sure what form of retribution he is aiming for we just know it won't be nice. But as ever with a Claire Denis film, we have more intrigues and sexual shenanigans and the more Marco finds out about his sister the more things become complicated. This is a film that demands attention or you will miss parts of the story or not realise the significance of certain scenes- to say any more would be entering the realms of plot spoiler.

Denis always makes interesting films that do not always fit the pigeonholes we like to use for cinema and this is no exception and well done to het for that. The music is by Stuart A. Staples (Tindersticks) who has worked with her before on `Nenette et Boni' and `Trouble Every Day', Denis is probably best known for the poetic `Beau Travail', but this is far removed from that work and whilst being quite dark it is still a riveting watch. In French with very good sub titles - a film for Gallic fans and those who like things a bit different.
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Format: DVD
A man lies dead, a young woman walks the streets at night, dazed and naked. The opening scene of Claire Denis’ new film ‘Bastards’ shows fragments of something terrible thats taken place, but we don’t know what. The young womans name is Justine (Lola Créton), her mother Sandra (Julie Bataille) learns of her tragedy and the dead man who is her husband and Justine’s father.

Sandra seems to have given up hope, or simply doesn’t care. Its not until Sandra’s brother Marco (Vincent Lindon) is called to return from his job as a captain of a ship, that things start to unravel. Marco seems to be the only one compelled to find out what happened to Justine and her father, who was Marco’s best friend. Sandra is of little help, Marco doesn’t quite trust her, and maybe never had. She tells him who she thinks is responsible, Marco drops everything to piece back together a disturbing picture of family life.

‘Bastards’ is a moody, slow-burning noir with a surprising series of events that will leave a mark on you. Marco’s affair with Raphaelle (Chiara Mastroianni) provides the film with its emotional heart. But everyone is numb and lonely, seemingly unable to express themselves, or simply afraid to. ‘Bastards’ uses a strange emotional state, darkness pervades in everyone who are all closely shot but you still can’t get close to them. Somethings holding them all back, and the protagonists of the crimes do not need to lift a finger.

‘Bastards’ isn’t a bleak film, theres still enough tenderness and thoughtfulness in the characters to imbue the film with a humane presence. It still keeps you at a distance, the ending is a shocking conclusion to a fine film, perfectly pivoted by a wonderful song from the Tindersticks. You may not like the ending, but i think this was the point from Denis, in what is her finest film yet.

Rating: 9/10
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By sk8erboy on 19 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This movie is beautiful and horrific at the same time. It's horrific, because it's so realistic, what happens in this movie really could be happening - this makes for truly good horror. At the same time it's beautifully shot with truly beautiful actors - especially Lola Creron absolutely shines and is as fearless as always. Stunning movie!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charliesorbit on 8 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
What a waste of 100 minutes, luckily the dvd was just rented not purchased. This film manages to be offensive and yet boring at the same time - what little tension created comes to nothing and the "fragmentation" is just annoying not thought provoking and seems more a case of poor editing. If a male director had portrayed women in this way he would have been accused of misogyny and the grimy scenes just leave a queasy unpleasant feeling. Any pretensions at being a zeitgeist statement are simply lost - this isn't modern noir, it is just a contemporary mess.
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