Diva

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Beineix combines unique cinematography, an intelligent script, and a brilliant soundtrack to make Diva a stylishly memorable film.

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A young mail carrier, Jules (Frederic Andrei), becomes entranced with the voice of American diva Cynthia Hawkins (Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez). She doesn't believe in being recorded, but Jules secretly records her singing on a tape. His recording gets mixed up with another tape that incriminates a police chief, who is working with the mob. Jules quickly becomes the target of mob gangsters, and he must find a way to get himself out of the situation alive.

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Frederic Andrei
Jules
Jacques Fabbri
Commissaire Jean Saporta
Roland Bertin
Simon Weinstadt, l'imprésario
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Critic Reviews for Diva

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Audience Reviews for Diva

  • Jul 27, 2013
    On one hand, 'Diva' excels as fast-paced, likably convoluted entertainment; on the other, it's a film made for those who genuinely love and have a fascination for the cinematic medium. What inventive direction from Jean-Jacques Beineix, who seems determined to give every shot a mind of its own. Seriously, this is a fantastic, lively directorial effort from a man who just seems to really love what he's doing. And even by today's standards, 'Diva' looks quite stunning. Everything is bathed in blue light, giving the film this 'techno noir' mood. The narrative has its ups and downs, but you don't notice them too often. You're too enthralled by the film's visuals.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    My dad LOVED this. And it was fairly interesting. The last bit was well shot, very pretty and slightly existential.
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2008
    This was the first foreign language movie I seen. I remember as a 12 year old being captivated by the style and cinematography of the director. The story is tense and exciting and the characters are so rich, that they almost pop out of the screen.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2008
    'Diva' Hits Too Many Wrong Notes Was I the only one paying attention to the illogical events and implausible situations that occurred in this film and not just watching the pretty pictures? Stylistic camp I'd call it, which came as a big disappointment considering some of the lofty reviews it's received. I enjoyed the oddball characters, but the acting is mediocre at best. The bad guys - and there are two factions of them - came & went with Mr. Smith-like omniscience and teleportative abilities. However it was fun to see the short guy from all the Jeunet films in an early role as a gangster who doesn't like anything. Probably not this movie either.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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