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Diva (1981)



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

Movie Info

This atmospheric thriller is about a young postal delivery boy, his obsession with an opera diva, the bootleg tapes he makes of her performances, and the evil hoods who chase him down, thinking he has a tape that implicates them in a crime.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jean VanHamme, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Jean VanHamme
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 28, 1997
Rialto Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Diva

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (18)

The movie's a maelstrom of possibilities touching ethnic relations, high art, fashion and modern morality, not to mention cinema.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

As with so many pop moments a quarter-century on, what once looked sexy now smells a little sexist.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Diva, as a lifestyle, a fantasy, a model for alienation and solipsism and eccentricity, has gone deep into all of us.

Full Review… | January 24, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

A light-headed, fleet-footed French caper, Jean-Jacques Beineix's ultra-stylish Diva stormed the art houses when it was released in 1982, and it's still a lot of fun now -- though its hip patina feels more quaint these days than cool.

Full Review… | January 10, 2008
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

I still loved every minute of it.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Made with wit and humor, this French stunner abounds in the go-for-broke spirit of a first film made by a talented, nervy director.

Full Review… | November 30, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Diva

My dad LOVED this. And it was fairly interesting. The last bit was well shot, very pretty and slightly existential.

Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

You won't know what hit you when, halfway through it, the feeling settles in your mind that this movie is really, really good. It's a mad French movie that slowly creeps into your bones as it begins to build insane subplot after subplot on the para-dimensional atmosphere of the Parisian underworld: surrealistic garages vibrating with operatic soundwaves, blue lofts for taking hot baths and doing puzzles, and long walks in the park under the rain... followed by the best chase scene ever. Oh, and the plot involves Taiwanese pirates and an International prostitution network. It is this bizarreness what makes it absolutely classic.

Elvira B

Super Reviewer

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 Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

Diva Quotes

Jules: Where are we?
Alba: IN a castle
Jules: What castle?
Alba: Where the witch makes poisoned red apples to advertise the toothpaste movie stars use.
– Submitted by Gary C (3 years ago)
Le Curé: I don't like cars.
– Submitted by Gary C (3 years ago)
Le Curé: I don't like Beethoven.
– Submitted by Gary C (3 years ago)
Gorodish: Some get high on airplane glue... detergents... fancy gimmicks. My satori is this: Zen in the art of buttering bread!
– Submitted by Gary C (3 years ago)

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