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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 09.19.13] France thriller drama

French director Claire Denis has been rocking the filmmaking boat since early on in her career but her name seems to have become particularly synonymous with daring filmmaking in the last few years and her new film seems to fall right in line with what has come to be expected from Denis: taught filmmaking with a dark undercurrent.

Bastards stars Vincent Lindon as Marco, a seaman who returns to Paris when his brother-in-law is found dead. His sister believes the murderer to be a sleazy financier and Marco devises a plan to exact revenge, a plan which includes said financier's mistress (Chiara Mastroianni).

Bastards premiered at Cannes, played TIFF and is still making the festival rounds but it has been picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects in the US and Mongrel Media in Canada which means we'll have a chance to see it at some point in the near future. Good thing too because the trailer suggests another adult thriller from a director who knows exactly how to push and pull the story to achieve maximum damage.

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