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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Mexico | France | USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

28 January 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bastards See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,940
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Raw, powerful, and deliberately slow
29 October 2013 | by vivalanathanSee all my reviews

If the purpose of a film is to simply elicit an emotional response from the audience, Los Bastardos succeeds in spectacular fashion. Ultra- realistic and unflinching, it tells the story of two illegal immigrant brothers and their struggle to make enough money to support ailing family back in Mexico when they are hired to kill a single suburban mother. The long takes, no soundtrack, and use of non-actors create the feeling one might get from watching a documentary. The pace is achingly slow, with very little dialogue and minimal plot. Yet, the sense of dread and uneasiness reach a level very few films are able to achieve. Watching this film is about as enjoyable as getting dental work done, but the emotional impact one is left with after the credits roll is undeniable. It will stick with you and maybe even haunt you for a considerable amount of time after. For the patient viewer not expecting your typical Hollywood blockbuster or rom-com, Los Bastardos is a very unique, devastating, and powerful film. I highly recommend this film be watched, but with an open mind as it is unconventional.


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