TAKE TEN | Bastards

The best scene, soundtrack and secrets of Claire Denis’ stomach-churning thriller.


Name Les salauds.

Birthdate/vintage 2013.

That scene The enigmatic opening vignettes, each one more engrossing – and more heavy with dread – than the last. 

Did you see? All the rain.

Don’t watch it with An optimist.

Listen back to “Put Your Love In Me” from Tindersticks’ pulsating score.

Champion Critic Amy Taubin: “a completely contemporary, disturbingly relevant film noir”.

Antagonist Rotten Tomatoes user Gary F: “A lot of too-close shots of people not doing anything.” 

Not to be confused with 2017 Owen Wilson comedy Father Figures.

Pair with Anything but corn on the cob.


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