Bastards (18)




Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Feb 11

It’s almost certain you’ll be lost during French writer-director Claire Denis’s obscured, bracingly angry portrait of a French family undone by its failures and perversities. However, that is the point, and it makes for a difficult yet rewarding experience.

Vincent Lindon plays a ship’s captain who abandons his post to seek revenge on the person who destroyed his family, though his motives aren’t laid out so much as abstractly implied. Working with her usual cinematographer, Agnès Godard, Denis (‘Beau Travail’, ‘35 Shots of Rum’) conjures a mesmerisingly morbid atmosphere (rain-slicked city streets, a dingy barn in which something terrible went down) and populates the film with all number of noir types, from a richer-than-God businessman (Michel Subor) to a catatonically damaged young woman (Lola Créton) with a secret.

It all builds to an unforgettably lurid finale that snaps this punch-drunk nightmare into fearsome focus.



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Release details



UK release:

Fri Feb 7, 2014


100 mins

Cinemas showing Bastards



Theatr Mwldan

Bath House Road, Cardigan, SA43 1JY Show map/details

  • Address:

    Theatr Mwldan Bath House Road
    SA43 1JY

  • Tue Sep 2:

    • 20:00
  • Wed Sep 3:

    • 20:00
  • Mon Sep 8:

    • 18:30
  • Tue Sep 9:

    • 17:40

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This film is definitely NOT what you expect. It is very fractured and disconnected. I am not quite sure what point the director wanted to make. In a very clumsy way it appears to have the message that the abuse of females is hugely caused by women who victimise themselves and don't see how much they contribute to their misery and that of other women. All a bit harsh and ignorant. I found it shallow and cheap, stale and psychopathic with too many cliches.