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Bastards (Les Salauds)

Bastards (Les Salauds)

Bastards (Les Salauds)

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Chiara Mastroianni, Vincent Lindon, Julie Bataille

year: 2013

colour: yes

certificate: 18

director: Claire Denis

runtime: 100

Acclaimed director Claire Denis’s jagged, daringly fragmented and darkest film is a genuinely contemporary film noir inspired by recent French sex ring scandals. Vincent Lindon stars as Marco, a sea captain gone AWOL to avenge his brother-in-law’s suicide and to rescue his sister and niece; Chiara Mastroianni is Lindon’s married lover, who has sold her soul in exchange for the security of her young son; and Michel Subor is her husband – a sleazy financier who is the very embodiment of evil. Denis takes the viewer into the very heart of darkness in her most unsettling film yet, an unforgettable and thrilling commentary on late capitalism.


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