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Review: In French-language 'Bastards,' secrets lurk in the shadows

Review: In French-language 'Bastards,' secrets lurk in the shadows

The cryptic pull of masterful French filmmaker Claire Denis ("Beau Travail," "White Material") — stories told through faces, time rendered elliptically, visuals and sound in dreamlike sync — betrays a noirish stain in her unsettling new film, "Bastards." Tanker captain Marco (Vincent Lindon) is called back to Paris to attend to a family disaster involving a wrecked business, a distraught sister (Julie Bataille) whose husband has committed suicide, and their traumatized daughter (Lola Créton). Marco moves into the same building as the melancholic mistress (Chiara Mastroianni) of a powerful tycoon (Michel Subor), which sparks a secretive,...

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