TOURISM AND AUTHENTICITY: The distinctive feature film Bait describes the conflict between local fishermen and holidaymakers in Cornwall and is a social realist drama portrayed in a strikingly small social realist way.

Huser is a regular film critic in MODERN TIMES.
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Published: May 31, 2020
Bait
Director: Mark Jenkin
(United Kingdom)

"And now over to something completely different." It's not the first time I've started a movie review with the well-known Monty Python quote, but I should have possibly saved it to British Mark Jenkins Bait. For this is definitely a feature film out of the ordinary.

However, the action itself is conventional enough. Bait takes place in a small fishing village in Cornwall, where the coexistence between locals and tourists is not harmoniously pronounced. "He's so snobbish that at first I thought he spoke German," says the young girl who works at the local pub about one of the holidaymakers.

The film's most central character is the fisherman Martin, who strives to save…

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