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Los bastardos (2008)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 28 January 2009 (France)
A 24 hour period in the lives of Fausto and Jesus, two undocumented Mexican day-laborers in L.A. Each day another task, each day the same pressure to find money. They go about their daily ... See full summary »

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Amat Escalante
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jesus Moises Rodriguez Jesus Moises Rodriguez ... Jesús
Rubén Sosa Rubén Sosa ... Fausto
Nina Zavarin ... Karen
Kenny Johnston ... Construction Boss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Albaca David Albaca
Teri Booker Teri Booker
Aron Briggs Aron Briggs ... Racist BBQ kid
Trevor Glen Campbell Trevor Glen Campbell ... Trevor
Rodolfo Carreon Rodolfo Carreon
Darren Collins Darren Collins
Antonio De La Torre Antonio De La Torre
Helena De Lang Helena De Lang
Irana De Lang Irana De Lang
Michael De Lang Michael De Lang
Erik Deckard Erik Deckard
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A 24 hour period in the lives of Fausto and Jesus, two undocumented Mexican day-laborers in L.A. Each day another task, each day the same pressure to find money. They go about their daily routine, standing on the corner at the Home Improvement Store waiting for work to come. Today, the job they are given is well paid compared to their poor usual wages. Today, Jesus carries a shotgun inside his backpack. Written by ximena-2

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Mexico | France | USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

28 January 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bastards See more »

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California, USA See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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a kind of masterpiece
23 January 2012 | by alex-2261See all my reviews

I get why a lot of people don't like this film. I get why lots think its a bad script. I think its difficult in the same way Dryer is difficult, or Bresson or Dumont. Its slow, but its not elegiac, or full of "beauty".....nor is it sociological in its depiction of crime and exploitation. Its simply a dark dark existential sort of nightmare. It contains a social critique to be sure, but thats not the focus. Escalante is a director to keep an eye on. This a disturbing and singular film. Its also a film that will haunt you.....probably even if you didn't think it as good as I thought it was. Its a film experience you wont forget. I saw it in norway, at a festival and at 11pm. People left the theatre in shocked silence.


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