Shipping captain Marco (Vincent Lindon) receives a phone call from his sister, urgently calling him back to Paris. Her husband has committed suicide, her daughter is missing and the family business has gone under. She holds her husband's business partner, Edouard Laporte, accountable and Marco sets out to expose his treachery. But, as he begins to scratch under the surface, Marco discovers a dangerous underworld of violence, corruption and exploitation that will culminate in a final, shocking revelation...
Gratuitously unpleasant film. No meaningful point to any of the unpleasantness. Slow-moving, terrible characterisation, particularly of women characters. Utterly pretentious. No redeeming qualities, except that it only drags on for 96 minutes. Any more and I would have had to turn it off.
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Not dreadful but not really successful either
- Bastards review by MN
I'd have no problem with the fragmentary plot, unlikeable protagonist and the slowness if it ultimately felt like it was in service to something. But it's a film about bad men doing bad things, and that's about all we learn about anyone in it. I think it would probably benefit from a second viewing but i'm in no hurry to see it again!