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by Isild Le Besco


On the outskirts of civilisation, three young women, Magalie, Marie-Steph and Barbara live a desperate life together. Drowning in alcohol, they both lust for and hate one another, coupling like animals. Yet gradually they become enmeshed in a complex game of love and domination. Magalie, the ringleader, subjugates through her male power, and bestial charisma. Simple Marie-Steph, her younger sister, remains in the background, and Barbara, unaware of her own prettiness, has joined the pack because she loves Magalie. One day, at Magalie’s instigation, and almost out of boredom, they hold up a bakery and kill the baker with a buckshot gun. Life gradually resumes, but nothing is the same.

original title: Bas-fonds
country: France
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Isild Le Besco
release date: FR 29/12/2010
screenplay: Marie Chaduc
cast: Valérie Nataf, Ginger Romàn, Noémie Le Carrer
cinematography by: Thomas Bataille, Nicolas Hidiroglou, Jowan Le Besco
film editing: Sylvie Laget
art director: Laurence Vendroux
costumes designer: Lisa Gachet, Florence Sadaune
music: Alain Chamfort, Léonor Graser, Octo
production: Sangsho, ARTE France Cinéma
backing: Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée, région Limousin
distributor: Ciné Classic

main awards/selection

Locarno International Film Festival 2010 Official Competition

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