Bastards (2013)

Acclaimed director Claire Denis's jagged, daringly fragmented and darkest film is a genuinely contemporary film noir inspired by recent French sex ring scandals involving men of wealth and power. Vincent Lindon (Denis's Friday… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 23, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

An imperfect film but a perfectly mesmerizing one.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"Bastards" is a thriller truly etched in darkness, pools of black broken mostly by the stricken yet soldiering faces of her main characters, like ships in a sea of stormy nights.

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Robert Koehler
Cinema Scope

What [director Claire Denis'] done, as it happens, is her best film since L'intrus...

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David Thomson
The New Republic

This is a film so anxious to be taken seriously that it has evaded seriousness itself.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

There's nothing wrong with dealing out a dense, noir-like plot in tiny scraps - unless, like "Bastards," the film remains flaccid and tensionless.

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Violet Lucca
Little White Lies

In a year where art-house releases and blockbusters were seemingly in competition for the longest running time, Claire Denis' Bastards is an exercise in pure economy.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

The movie ends where it might have begun, and merely states mysteries that remain unexplored.

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Dana Stevens

Bastards skillfully deploys noir tropes-the alienated hero, the two-timing femme fatale, the ever-widening web of deceit-in the service of a larger political vision.

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

Like most of Denis's work, Bastards provides no clear conclusions and her characters' behavior remains just as ineffable, endlessly complex, and unknowable as human behavior in real life.

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Carlos Magalhães
With a confusing structure and plot threads that go nowhere fast, this fragmented film noir also fails to keep us involved by never going deep into the… More
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Upon hearing about his brother-in-law and best friend committing suicide and his niece Justine(Lola Creton) being found dazed and naked in the street, Marco… More
John Ballantine
This is an intense psychological drama. The acting is tight as is the unfolding story but forewarnings to those who care not to dwell on disturbing subjects.… More