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Mauvais Sang (2013)

Mauvais Sang (2013)




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This critically acclaimed French drama blends film noir and science fiction elements in a story about a strange and deadly plague. A sexually transmitted disease called STBO is sweeping the country; it's spread by having sex without emotional involvement, and most of its victims are teenagers who make love out of curiosity rather than commitment. While a serum that can treat the disease has been formulated, it's been locked away in an inaccessible government building, and most of those suffering can't get at it. A woman known as "The American" (Carroll Brooks) has hired Marc (Michel Piccoli), who is deep in debt and desperate for cash, to steal the drug; Marc enlists the aid of Alex (Denis Lavant), the teenage son of one of his close friends, to help pull off the robbery. Alex is in love with Lise (Julie Delpy), a girl his age that he's been involved with, but he finds himself attracted to Anna (Juliette Binoche), Marc's younger lover who is determined to stand by her man. Mauvais Sang received the Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival and the International Fantasy Film Award at the Fantasporto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Hans Meyer
as Hans
Carroll Brooks
as The American woman
Hugo Pratt
as Boris
Serge Reggiani
as Charlie
Mireille Perrier
as The Young Mother
Charles Schmitt
as Commissar
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Critic Reviews for Mauvais Sang

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | November 26, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

A salute, at once moody and ebullient, to the cinema of the past and the ferocious intensity of youth.

Full Review… | November 26, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

In a sense, Mauvais Sang is a poetic, tragic love story (actually three love stories) disguised as a B movie.

Full Review… | January 7, 2015
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
The Dissolve

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.

Full Review… | November 27, 2013
Slant Magazine

Once again we have the dancing tracking shot (to Bowie's 'Modern Love'), ventriloquism, fire breathing and a masterful, allegorical parachute jumping sequence.

Full Review… | February 7, 2013
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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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Reece Leonard
Reece Leonard

Juliette Binoche and Julie Delpy but they're just window dressing! The real shooting star of the film is Denis Lavant!

Juli Norwood
Juli Norwood

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