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France | 2013 | 100 Minutes | Claire Denis

Les Salauds

February 24, 2014

French director Claire Denis presents this jagged and daringly fragmented contemporary film noir that takes the viewer into the very heart of darkness in an unforgettable and thrilling commentary on late capitalism.

Inspired by recent French sex ring scandals involving men of wealth and power, the latest from acclaimed director Claire Denis (Beau Travail, Trouble Every Day, White Material), stars the superb Vincent Lindon as a sea captain gone AWOL in order to come to the rescue of his estranged sister and teenaged niece. Meanwhile, his married lover (Chiara Mastroianni) faces the very embodiment of evil in the form of her sleazy financier husband, played with remarkable menace by Denis' frequent collaborator Michel Subor.

"An insidious web of money, sex and power entangles all the characters in this hypnotic nocturnal thriller." – Scott Foundas, Variety

  • Director: Claire Denis
  • Principal Cast: Julie Bataille, Lola Creton, Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni, Michel Subor
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 100 Minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Sundance Selects