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May 5, 2018
A very unusual French movie, part sci-fi, part noir and part everything else, a complex drama exploring the theme of love and doing it in a mostly mesmerizing way. P.S. Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to conceive such a virus...
½ December 30, 2017
Mauvais Sang or Bad Blood, the English title, stars Dennis Levant as Alex, a small time criminal about to break into the criminal big time. After the death of his father, Alex is sought by his father's former associates, Marc (Michel Piccoli) and Hans (Hans Meyer) to be part of a heist that will require his quick hands. The heist involves stealing the cultures of a dangerous virus that is ravaging France, a plague that affects those who make love without being in love.
October 27, 2017
My God, that was so French! Expected a film about a strange and deadly plague, instead got two hours of people talking whilst chain smoking. Ah well, live and learn...
February 20, 2017
At the start of this movie all I could think was "what is going on?" (This would not be the last time I thought that with Mauvais Sang.) They don't really clue you into what is happening until much later. Apparently the movie is in some weird world where there's an STD that only affects people if they sleep with someone without love? Not that this matters because that never becomes a part of the plot as far as I could tell. I kept waiting for someone to have a loveless relationship that led to this disease, but it just doesn't happen.

Anyways, there are these 2 old guys who decide to steal a serum that will allegedly heal the disease, or they are forced to steal it for some American woman, or something like that. Unfortunately their partner kills himself so they have to seek out his son in order to pull off the job. I'm not sure what these old guys have to do with the robbery, because the kid does all the work (but that's not until much later in the movie.) Maybe those guys planned it.

In reality this film is not so much about the robbery, but about the kid's crush on a young woman who is dating one of the old guys. At least, I think that's supposed to be the primary theme because the movie just stops moving the plot forward in order to let these two spend time flirting with one another. It's kind of awkward since she is genuinely in love with the old guy, so their relationship is very one-sided.

Well after the longest night in history (I think I managed to stay awake for the whole thing) more conversations happen and then the robbery occurs. It's pretty fast and doesn't offer any thrills, until the cops show up and threaten to catch him in the act. Luckily, the cops care so much about this thief that they stand down and let him get away with his robbery because he threatens to shoot himself otherwise. Not really sure why they care about that, but they do. Then the kid does some stuff to hide the serum, and he gets shot and instead of seeking medical attention he tries to run away (I have no idea what happened to the serum after that.)

It's not a movie where I thought "I hate this" but it's a movie where I kept thinking "what is this?" It confused me so much. I needed a cheat sheet or Cliff's Notes in order to comprehend what I just watched. And, even when I did know what was going on, the story moved at a snail's pace. Certainly not a film that was for me.
Super Reviewer
July 19, 2016
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.
December 21, 2015
Unforgettable, an extraordinary film.
October 27, 2015
There is a frenetic energy to Leos Carax's Mauvais Sang. Helped along by an incredibly physical performance from Denis Levant balanced by the enigmatic, more subdued one from Juliette Binoche, it is a mesmerizing and engrossing film. It starts with a great premise - an epidemic is sweeping the nation's youth. People who have sex without love are struck inexplicably and fatally ill. From there it morphs into an exercise in film style, playing with genre and the image until the final result becomes something difficult to understand, but ultimately facinating. It might me unclear exactly what Carax's aim is with this film, but that doesn't make it any less worthwhile.
October 7, 2015
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.
March 2, 2015
Juliette Binoche and Julie Delpy but they're just window dressing! The real shooting star of the film is Denis Lavant!
November 26, 2014
Quirky surreal fun with a rather dark edge.
November 21, 2014
Mauvais Sang é terrivelmente entediante e perde a oportunidade de desenvolver um enredo que tinha ótimas chances de originar um filme incrível. Movido pelo meu encantamento pelo primeiro filme do diretor, acreditei que fosse me deparar com mais um filme maravilhoso. Ao contrário do que esperava, nem os próprios diálogos ou o silêncio fluem aqui. Tanto Alex quanto Anna, personagens principais, não conseguem causar empatia; opostamente, me davam agonia: um pela prepotência, outra pela fraqueza. (Aliás, é incrível ver o mal aproveitamento da Binoche aqui, que se torna um fantoche apático. Estava acostumado a ver interpretações bem melhores dela e foi um choque).
September 6, 2014
After debuting with what may be the best French film of the 80s, Leos Carax's sophomore picture was a very logical follow-up. Using the new-wave mode to tell a genre-influenced tale, Mauvais Sang is rich in ideas and spectacle, even if it's head is a bit murky. The film's intentionally fleeting narrative and archaic dialogue can clash more than sing at times, and one could make a case of the film being style over substance. Still, it's moments of greatness are too visible for one to call this picture a sophomore slump.
May 27, 2014
A nifty crime movie and love story. Beautifully shot. Sags frequently under the weight of pretension, but soars occasionally in unbridled cinematic joy as well.
April 1, 2014
Il s'agit de bien l'amour.
October 2, 2013
Moody, Imaginative Drama...
½ September 10, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013

(!986) The Night Is Young/ Mauvais sang
(In French with English subtitles)

An unknown man gets killed while waiting for the subway, we don't really know who he is nor quite know why he was killed. As it turns out, he happens to be one of the two people of a group who owed this lady a lot of money which Marc (Michel Piccoli)was only given only two weeks to repay all that money back as well as pay for his partners as well. This father who was killed also happens to have a son named Alex (Denis Lavant), and they recruit him for his father's place to steal some chemical vials. This little scenario serves no purpose but a backdrop to the many pointless advance scenes of Alex toward a young Anna(Juliette Binoche) since she's already in love with Marc who's like 70 year old. Written and directed by Leos Carax who's Influenced by Jean Luc Godard which there's a lot of meanderings and to me that's dull and boring. Julie Delpy also stars in this as Alex's girlfriend Lise.

2 out of 4 stars
½ November 20, 2012
Wildly creative director, but wherever did he get the idea that that made it beneath him to team up with someone who could actually write a script?
½ November 12, 2012
Anna: Life is splendid with him. He guides me so well. He requires of me very beautiful things, very rigorous. You know, he is self-taught. Yes, he has done it all. He looked at me with the eyes of an inventor, with the eyes of a researcher, like I was an invaluable discovery, as if I had the solution to something. Something secret and mysterious that is hidden deep inside him. Sometimes I get so close, so near, but more often I am light years away? Curious, isn't it? It's my life, this thing, this thing like an enigma. An enigma that glues us together, both of us accomplices together. Maybe our love will die if it is solved too early or maybe not at all.

Tengo que confesar, que mientras veía la película no la entendí mucho, las escenas no tenían una continuidad, y había simbolismos por todas partes, pero me costó comprender lo que pasaba. Hasta que leí la sipnosis, es cuando todo empezó a tener sentido. La fotografía es hermosa y hay unas escenas que me quitaron el aliento. Los colores también le dieron a la película un toque especial.
½ October 25, 2012
Mauvais Sang is a fascinating romance/ crime drama a la Leos Carax. The vibrant visual and its unconventional way of storytelling add much whimsy to the film as well, and the performances are superb, especially Lavant, who veritably embodies Carax' vision with his character's eccentric, mysterious and yet engaging quality.
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