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Bastardo

  • Mar 27, 2014 · 8:30 PM
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Synopsis:

This is the story of Mohsen aka « Bastardo », a man with no origins or history, who’s always been excluded and rejected by the inhabitants of his poor neighborhood.

After having been fired from his job, Mohsen, thanks to his friend Khlifa, has a GSM relay installed on his roof for a substantial monthly income. This aerial enables the neighborhood inhabitants to finally enjoy mobile telephony and the modernity of which they’d been deprived until then.

This event will disrupt life in the neighborhood, and Mohsen’s too, whose social and financial situation improve by the day. But that’s not counting with Larnouba, Mohsen’s life-long friend, but also the unscrupulous district mobster, who doesn’t approve of Mohsen’s ascent. This leads to a merciless fight between both men for the domination of the district.

Bent Essengra, the mysterious girl with the insects, and secretly in love with Mohsen, will play an essential part in this confrontation, and will tip the scales in Mohsen’s favor by committing the worst, out of love. Ridden of his rival and manipulated by his friend Khlifa, Mohsen’s path is clear to become the most powerful and respected man in the district…

Hyde Park website says:

BASTARDO is a striking and unusual fiction feature debut from Tunisian director Néjib Belkadhi. The film was brought to our attention by a suprising local connection, the wonderful score was created by Leeds based musician Lone Wolf (AKA Paul Marshall) and we're so glad it happened. Belkadhi's film is a memorable work by a very exciting new international talent. 

You can listen to (and buy) the sound track over on Bandcamp here. Paul will be joining us on the night for an introduction.

Director:Néjib Belkadhi

Country: QA/FR, 2013

Language: Arabic with English subs

Length: 106mins


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  • Tracey

    The more I think about this film, the more I discover. The trouble with later viewings is that there isn't time afterwards to discuss, but this was the only showing. I wish we could have organised a beer sometime soon, but I have a lot on this week and away at the weekend, so not possible Sorry.

    March 31, 2014

    • Ian R.

      Hi Tracey, yes I agree. I looked into seeing Zero Theorem as we discussed but is seems to have finished its run at Cas. Good luck with your essay and see you in a bit.

      April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay Blanca, I can see I need to talk this through to get it it straight in my head. Perhaps there should be a meet up to talk this one out .... anyone interested for beer and bastardo chat.

    March 29, 2014

    • Blanca L.

      I am considering following Dave's recommendation and going to watch the Grand Budapest Hotel this evening (great Sunday afternoon film, he said :-)). Heading for the 19.45 session. Happy to have a beer and chat before that.

      March 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That ŵould have been great but I'm in the Lakes. Let's meet for a drink before the next film.

      March 30, 2014

  • Blanca L.

    I liked it. It was challenging the way we live in many ways. Thousands of interpretations: ant woman attracting animals that do not harm anyone but that everyone hates, all the rest attracted by stuff they don't need and that kill them. Very slow pace, great music, including silence. The more I think of it, the more I like it.

    March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a tough watch. I agree it had symbolism, but so much I hadn't a clue what it was really saying apart from the obvious corruption of wealth, and as for ant woman, what was that about?. It's rare I want to escape a film but I was glad to leave the cinema.

    March 28, 2014

  • Tracey

    Wasn't so gritty after all, but very dream-like in parts, beautifully shot. I wasn't sure how I felt about it on the night. Afterwards, Luz and I noted that there was a wealth of symbolic meaning, that we had probably missed. I think we were in the minority though, on seeing more potential merit.

    March 28, 2014

  • Frankie

    Nice one Tracey, I can't do Thursdays...hope you enjoy it looks gritty

    March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi unfortunately I'm away but enjoy x

    March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi unfortunately I'm away but enjoy x

    March 23, 2014

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