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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 11 May 2014
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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