clarie denis, the bastards

Claire Denis is one of France's most revered directors, and with great reason.  A tactile sensualist, she often favors mood over plot and story, and her latest, "Bastards" isn't much different, and is told in her typically elliptical style. The film has kind of a B-movie plot about sex trafficking, but of course done in Denis' idiosyncratic aesthetic and it's really pretty bonkers. Our review said it's "destined to divide, disturbing and salacious" and that's still enough to intrigue those of us who haven't seen it. Think "Taken" but told by, seriously.... And by the way, if you're a fan of Denis, you'll want to check out our retrospective of all her films we wrote a few years back.

Official synopsis:  Captain on a container-ship, Marco Silvestri is called urgently back to Paris. His sister, Sandra, is desperate… her husband has committed suicide, the family business has gone under, her daughter has gone adrift. Sandra accuses the powerful businessman, Edouard Laporte responsible. Marco moves into the building where Laporte’s mistress lives with his son. 


Described as the "Dogtooth" of Cannes 2013, Alex Van Warmerdam's "Borgman" may be the most positively loony film of the festival. Our review from France called it, "a deliciously dark and twisted Cannes competition treat" and it sounds like one of the festivals highlights thus far. The black comedy has been earning some share of chatter around the Croisette so it may be one to keep an eye on, and hopefully an American distributor will bite.

Official synopsis: Borgman’s arrival in the tree-lined avenues of an exclusive residential area is the beginning of a series of unsettling events around the carefully constructed facade of a wealthy couple, their three children and their nanny.

Below, three clips from the film, plus a recently released teaser trailer.