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Los Bastardos

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
This nihilist depiction of Fausto (Sosa) and Jesús (Rodriguez), illegal Mexican labourers who live and work in California, is a severe, realist film that gets its message across by replicating in the audience the tedium of work and the shock of sudden violence that severe inequality can inspire.

A long opening shot of the pair ambling along an empty storm drain in Los Angeles sets the mood for a silent, observational style that favours a settled, fly-on-the-wall approach to drama, whether capturing the monotony of work or the latent dread that marks the later stages of the film when Fausto and Jesús break into a woman’s house in exchange for cash. Hardly a pleasurable watch, but Los Bastardos justifies its shock tactics by placing the violence of its protagonists squarely in the context of desperately unequal work relations.

Written by Dave Calhoun

Release Details

  • Duration:90 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Amat Escalante
  • Screenwriter:Amat Escalante, Mardik Martin
  • Cast:
    • Jesús Moises Rodriguez
    • Ruben Sosa
    • Nina Zavarin
    • Kenny Johnston
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