Los bastardos

86 mins
6.8 / 10 (660)


A 24 hour period in the lives of Fausto and Jesus, two undocumented Mexican day-laborers in L.A. standing on the corner and waiting for work to come. Today, the job they are given is well paid compared to their poor usual wages. Today, Jesus carries a shotgun inside his backpack.

MUBI's take

Following a pair of undocumented Mexican labourers in southern California, this searing home invasion film from Amat Escalante is a shocking exposé of immigrant tensions and class division. Co-produced by Carlos Reygadas, Los bastardos imbues its observational style with vividly mounting dread.