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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

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  • 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

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French author, screenwriter, film professor and director Claire Denis` twelfth feature film which she co-wrote with French screenwriter Jean-Pol Fargeau, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival in 2013, was screened in the Masters section at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in 2013, was shot on locations in France and is a France-Germany co-production which was produced by producers Vincent Maraval, Olivier Théry-Lapiney and Laurence Clerc. It tells the story about a former naval officer named Marco Silvestri whom after learning that something has happened to his friend named Jacques, leaves his job to support his sister named Sandra, then learns that her daughter named Justine has been hospitalized and begins studying a woman named Raphäelle who lives with her son named Joseph and her husband named Edouardo.

Distinctly and masterfully directed by French filmmaker Claire Denis, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints, draws a multifaceted portrayal of a French father, brother and captain on a ship whom whilst looking for his niece acquaints a married mother whose main concern in life besides the well-being of her son, is that no one else has a more fulfilling life than hers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By p cox on 20 May 2014
Format: DVD
This film promised so much from reading the plot synopsis on IMDB, but failed to deliver.

Slow slow and even slower seemed to be the speed at which the film chugged along.

Bastards indeed, bucket loads of them, and none more so than Raphaëlle

Nevertheless this was a film worth watching, and I do have to say the ending was unexpected, but no spoilers from me
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 May 2014
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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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