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Bait (2019)



Critic Consensus: As visually distinctive as it is narratively satisfying, Bait blends a classic aesthetic with timely themes to produce a thrillingly original and uniquely enriching drama.

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Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father's vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbor. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.


Edward Rowe
as Martin Ward
Mary Woodvine
as Sandra Leigh
Giles King
as Steven Ward
Simon Shepherd
as Tim Leigh
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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6)

In one of the most extraordinary movie experiences of the year, this Cornish-set drama unfolds in scratchy monochrome and jumpy, jarring shots, mostly featuring weather-beaten fishermen, and lobster pots, and nets and boats.

August 31, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film keeps you on your toes, sidestepping into unexpected places. Politically and cinematically, Jenkin is too much of an original to box himself in.

August 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Strange, spellbinding and timely. One of the most thrillingly original British films in years.

August 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It may look like it was made on a shoestring 50 years ago, but this abrasive seaside parable is a quietly thrilling piece of modern filmmaking.

August 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The surface plot has the stark feel of classic neorealism, but there are more interesting layers going on below the scuffed surface as Jenkin detours into experimental montage technique, Guy Maddin-style retro pastiche and English folk-horror tropes.

February 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The weirdness of Bait can't be overestimated, like FW Murnau directing an episode of EastEnders.

February 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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