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Bastards (2013)

Les salauds (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 7 August 2013 (France)
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Marco returns to Paris after his brother-in-law's suicide, where he targets the man his sister believes caused the tragedy - though he is ill-prepared for her secrets as they quickly muddy the waters.

Director:

Claire Denis

Writers:

Jean-Pol Fargeau (screenplay), Claire Denis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Lindon ... Marco Silvestri
Chiara Mastroianni ... Raphaëlle
Julie Bataille Julie Bataille ... Sandra
Michel Subor ... Edouard Laporte
Lola Créton ... Justine
Alex Descas ... Dr. Béthanie
Grégoire Colin ... Xavier
Florence Loiret Caille ... Elysée
Christophe Miossec Christophe Miossec ... Guy
Hélène Fillières ... Banker
Eric Dupond-Moretti Eric Dupond-Moretti ... Lawyer
Sharunas Bartas ... L'armateur étranger
Nicole Dogué ... Police Inspector
Claire Tran ... L'infirmière
Elise Lhomeau ... La babysitter
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Storyline

Supertanker captain Marco Silvestri is called back urgently to Paris. His sister Sandra is desperate - her husband has committed suicide, the family business has gone under, her daughter is spiralling downwards. Sandra holds powerful businessman Edouard Laporte responsible. Marco moves into the building where Laporte has installed his mistress and her son. But he hasn't planned for Sandra's secrets, which muddy the waters... Written by IFC Films

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

7 August 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bastards See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,163, 1 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,247, 3 November 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title and movie itself are inspired by Akira Kurosawa's movie The Bad Sleep Well (1960) which in French was translated to 'Les Salauds dorment en paix.' See more »

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The car being crashed/towed is not the same as previously driven, but an older Audi-model. See more »

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Referenced in Film 2017: Episode dated 11 February 2014 (2014) See more »

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Night Drive
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Modern-Day Film Noir Set in Paris
21 May 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

BASTARDS focuses on the experiences of sea-captain Marco (Vincent Lindon), who returns from his ship to find his sister Sandra (Julie Bataille) in trouble. He moves into the apartment above rich business person Edouard (Michel Subor), whom Sandra holds responsible for her troubles. As Marco becomes more involved in the case, so he discovers to his cost that the intrigues are more complicated than he anticipated. Set in contemporary Paris, Claire Denis creates a claustrophobic thriller, full of close-ups and tight two-shots in which the protagonists' faces seldom fall out of view. This helps reinforce the film's principal theme, which is to show how actions often have unforeseen and unintended consequences. Although Marco believes he is doing the right thing, his actions are misunderstood to such an extent that Edouard moves away, taking Sandra's little son with him. Perhaps this is due to Sandra's penchant for not telling Marco the truth about herself and her life; but Denis seems to suggest that Marco fails to consider the ways in which his behavior might be viewed by others. We never know who the "bastards" of the film actually are; perhaps it's one of those terms of abuse that people apply to others, especially when they are in tight situations. The plot remains taut throughout, and there is an unexpected dénouement that deserves our attention. Definitely worth a watch.


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