from the press kit :
You collaborated again with Stuart Staples and other members of Tindersticks, who have written the music for all your films since “Nenette and Boni”, over fifteen years ago.
Stuart had read the screenplay, which I believe upset him a little. It took him time to find his bearings and start composing. I told him the film began in the rain, and suggested echoing this with dissonant electronic music. I had in mind Tangerine Dream’s music for Michael Mann’s “Thief”. He composed one song, which led him to another, “Put your love in me”, by the 70s English group Hot Chocolate, which he re-arranged.
Then we worked together as we’re accustomed to: I go and see him in his studio in Creuse, he comes to Paris to make me listen, we talk. But there’s less music than usual, it’s good.
Original Music – TINDERSTICKS
Composer – Stuart A. STAPLES
Keyboards – David BOULTER
Bass and keyboards – Dan McKINNA
Ondes Martenot – Christine OTT
Flute – Joanne FRASER
Trumpet – Terry EDWARDS
Vocals – Stuart A. STAPLES
All compositions published by Bug Music / BMG Chrysalis et © Lucky Dog 2013
update: some initial premiere screening reviews:
The mood of foreboding is established right away, as 80s electronica squalls on the soundtrack and Lola Creton picks her way, naked, through the dark streets of Paris.
“As the credits started to roll, the loudest question I had was, “What the hell was that all about?” It’s one thing to play tricks with your narrative, but Denis has got to know this film just doesn’t add up as we’re left to walk out of the theater after watching a homemade rape film and as another piece of electronica plays over the credits.
Visually, the film is quite dark. Denis and her DP, Agnes Godard, shot in digital and definitely went for a darker, more atmospheric look and the score from Tindersticks started to grate on me as one scene bleeds into another about midway through the film as the sound of a ticking clock played underneath a throbbing single electric tone, which could be heard through much of the film.”
“Every bit as cold and brutal as its blunt title suggests, Bastards (Les Salauds) is easier to admire than to love. Claire Denis is at the height of her powers in terms of unfaltering control, superb manipulation of mood and masterful use of music by her frequent collaborators Stuart A. Staples and British indie outfit Tindersticks. ”
“What elevates it above the material is Denis’ command as a filmmaker. Shooting digitally for the first time with frequent collaborator Agnes Godard, she creates a moody visual canvas full of mesmerizing dark textures, with the brooding techno scoring providing the ideal aural accompaniment.”
update 2: official film trailer
streaming on Spotify: