Film review: Bastards

Film review: <i>Bastards</i>

Director: Claire Denis
Cert: 18 Running time: 100 mins

Murkily shot in a rain-drenched Paris, Bastards trawls through a bleak, incoherent series of events as Marco (Vincent Lindon) seeks to avenge his brother-in-law, apparently driven to suicide by a corrupt businessman (Michel Subor). To a dated soundtrack providing unsettling undertones of electronica, the plot jumps confusingly between time frames and parallel narratives, obscured by a lack of dialogue and dimly lit frames. Though it cleverly subverts the film noir genre – setting up a traditional detective thriller only to focus on subtleties of character over plot – the depraved themes of paedophilia and rape that gradually emerge aren’t done justice by its frustrating lack of linearity. The characters certainly live up to the title. ★★


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With a BA in French and History of Art from the University of Bristol, Florence spent a year living in Paris, studying Art History at the Sorbonne and working in publishing. She travels regularly back to France for both work and pleasure. Florence's passion for France revolves around its gastronomy, art and pleasure-seeking lifestyle, and the rebellious streak found only in a nation constantly looking for an excuse to go on strike!

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