Diva (1981)


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


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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.

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Critic Reviews for Diva

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (19)

Diva is a cinematic textbook on style. It comments on so many facets of the daily contemporary culture -- and of film -- that it seems to be an inspired shorthand.

Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Diva, as a lifestyle, a fantasy, a model for alienation and solipsism and eccentricity, has gone deep into all of us.

Jan 24, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 10, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

I still loved every minute of it.

Dec 7, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Diva

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

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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 Crumley
Jonny Crumley

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

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

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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
Elvira B

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