Mauvais Sang (2013)
Mauvais Sang (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Mauvais Sang
Carax does not want to tell you a story. He wants to express, in the purest way he can, his infatuation with storytelling through images and genre conventions, performance and voyeurism, cinema and cinephilia.
A salute, at once moody and ebullient, to the cinema of the past and the ferocious intensity of youth.
In a sense, Mauvais Sang is a poetic, tragic love story (actually three love stories) disguised as a B movie.
Alex and Anna's interactions are the enchanted heart - volleying between sequences of the two at play and ones that emphasize their loneliness and disconnection.
The easiest way to find entry into the film is to accede to its reveries, even if they only temporarily make sense, and to welcome and possibly celebrate its shifting tones and techniques.
Audience Reviews for Mauvais Sang
What is most memorable in this lyrical film about unrequited young love is Carax's stylish direction together with a sublime cinematography and production design, even though he overdoes it sometimes and would only be en pointe with his approach in his following oeuvre.
Stylishly shot and fitfully brilliant (that flailing purge of emotion set to David Bowie's "Modern Love" is unforgettable), Mauvais Sang begins as a traditional heist movie and morphs into a complex assessment of love in modern times. Its slightly surreal tone is both accommodating and off-putting, almost removing the film from a place of reality at all; sadly, it's also calculated in a way that stunts its impact, settling for greatness when it could've reached the masterful territory of Carax's later effort Holy Motors.
Juliette Binoche and Julie Delpy but they're just window dressing! The real shooting star of the film is Denis Lavant!
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