18 March 2014

The Bastards 2

Each week, Picturehouse at FACT feature a cult classic, art house gem or riveting documentary in the Discover Tuesdays series. Each film is followed by our film discussion group led by Ben Howarth who debate the week’s screening.

Showing this week is French film noir, Bastards, from acclaimed director Claire Dennis.  A sea captain returns to Paris to find his sister facing bankruptcy. It’s a dark tale of amorality and corruption inspired by recent french sex scandals involving people of power and wealth.

Weaving ‘a powerful web of intrigue, vice and menace in this macabre thriller’, Dennis’s film is ‘deeply unsettling’ and ‘turns usual thriller conventions on their head

As with 2009’s award-laden White Material, writer-director Denis has created this beguilingly dark tale by concentrating on the characters, often using extreme close-ups, mixed with beautiful, sometimes disconnected images that are expertly drawn together to make sense of the film.

The unconventional narrative and striking cinematography are inspired by Chinatown and even classic film noir with their examination of corruption and deceit.

Tickets for Bastards are available now from the Box Office, online and by phone on 0871 902 5737.