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BASTARDS

France, 2013 (MIFF 2013, International Panorama)

Director: Claire Denis

"Denis is at the height of her powers ... unfaltering control, superb manipulation of mood and masterful use of music." - Hollywood Reporter

When wealthy patriarch Jacques commits suicide in suspicious circumstances his family must come together to try to pick up the pieces - and to apportion blame. However, as the long-estranged kin unpick the layers of secrecy forced upon them by their father, the stage is set for a showdown that could destroy them all.

An enthralling, elliptical drama of familial betrayal and revenge, Bastards is French veteran Claire Denis' (35 Shots of Rum, MIFF 2008) latest foray into the gritty underside of human desire. Taut, shocking and possessed of a stark beauty, it is a film that will leave you hypnotised and guessing all the way until the devastating final shot.

D Claire Denis P Brahim Chioua, Laurence Clerc, Olivier Théry-Lapiney D Jean-Pol Fargeau, Claire Denis WS Wild Bunch L French w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013

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