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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.


Critic Reviews for Bait

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (26)

  • 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.

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

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Strange, spellbinding and timely. One of the most thrillingly original British films in years.

    Aug 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.

    Aug 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.

    Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The weirdness of Bait can't be overestimated, like FW Murnau directing an episode of EastEnders.

    Feb 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The most visually memorable film so far this year ... The aesthetics of the film inevitably consign it to the arthouse, but for the right viewer, this film will be fresh, vibrant, exciting and extremely memorable. It certainly was for me.

    Sep 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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