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.
The film has received critical acclaim from critics. It holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a score of 84 on Metacritic.
Writing in The Observer, Mark Kermode gave a glowing review, describing the film as ‘a genuine modern masterpiece, which establishes Jenkin as one of the most arresting and intriguing British film-makers of his generation.’ He later named Bait his favourite film of both the year and the decade. Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian called the film ‘intriguing and unexpectedly watchable’, in a four-star review that remarked on the experimental nature of the film.