A multiple award winner and 2008 Cannes Film Festival selection, Amat Escalante's LOS BASTARDOS makes an indelibly disturbing impact. Like the rest of the day-laboring migrant workers who gather together each morning on a southwestern American strip mall sidewalk, Jesus (Jesus Moises Rodriguez) and Fausto (Rubén Sosa) struggle to get ahead in El Norte. But when a callous gringo boss strands them in the middle of a community that exploits them one minute and insults them the next, the two young men cock their sawed off shotgun and calmly take a troubled housewife hostage in her own home. "Why are you doing this?," asks Karen (Nina Zavarin), a strung-out and paranoid divorcee with little left to lose. "Por la dinero," replies Jesus. Before LOS BASTARDOS reaches its shockingly violent climax, Jesus, Fausto and Karen will have mapped out a contemporary North American wasteland of affectless, benumbed amorality far surpassing mere greed. Co-produced by Carlos Reygadas, LOS BASTARDOS plumbs the depths of human brutality with the same cool cinematic certitude as the work of Michael Haneke and Bruno Dumont.
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Excellent movie. I've known a few Mexican laborers and their lives truly are as conflicted as the movie shows. .
It was good
The film is beautifully shot, and also has a wicked soundtrack, which goes along perfectly infused in style and theme of the plot. In the end, amazing photography and fascinating pace makes it a very special kind of cinema; well done and has such profound emotion that if it falls short of masterpiece. a casually essential piece from start to fin.