Car crash? Hot French horror flick rattles Cannes

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Cannes (France) (AFP)

Cannes was punch-drunk from a wild, violent and pretty French shocker on Wednesday with critics unsure if they experienced witnessed the beginning of a genre or the worst flop in several years.

“Titane” by French director Julia Ducournau tells the tale of a young female who has sex with vehicles, kills without having a care, and pretends to be a boy inspite of being expecting by a vintage Cadillac. Not the most common of plots.

Ultra-violent scenes had some cinema-goers defend their eyes at the film’s early festival screenings, as sharp intakes of breath alternated with anxious giggles. The motion picture nevertheless gained a extensive standing ovation at its opening evening on Tuesday.

Acknowledging that some scenes were being tricky to check out, Ducournau told reporters that even the goriest bits experienced narrative this means. “I dislike gratuitous violence, I really do,” she stated.

The film drew some flattering comparisons with “Crash” by David Cronenberg — an additional controversial search at driving and eroticism — and “Blue Velvet” by David Lynch, both of those of which turned quick classics just after premiering in Cannes.

The Hollywood Reporter said the film, which is competing for the Palme d’Or, may well herald a “French-Punk-Queer Wave”, though IndieWire mentioned it was “a person of the wildest films at any time to monitor at Cannes”.

– ‘A motivation for metal’ –

Some others evidently hated “Titane”.

The Guardian newspaper identified as it a “car or truck crash” for the reason that of its “sheer silliness and towering pointlessness”, French paper Liberation stated the storyline was “very substantially inarticulate” and Switzerland’s Le Temps wondered what the film-maker had meant by her “pretentious” providing.

While some felt let down by the French director — whose cannibalistic debut “Raw” delighted critics a couple of years in the past — other individuals gave her entire marks.

“Ducournau breaks all the policies, to our best pleasure,” gushed French magazine Les Inrockuptibles. “Her furious film is like no other.”

The director herself mentioned she felt “a ton of anger” though writing the movie.

“Trump experienced just been elected, and the globe was not a content area,” she informed AFP in an interview.


“I was incredibly pessimistic about the future and about a culture that has no space for fluidity, transformation, for improve and inclusiveness,” she explained, introducing: “There was also a desire for metallic and skin that I are not able to genuinely describe.”

The principal character is performed by newcomer Agathe Rousselle.

She stars alongside French veteran Vincent Lindon, her surrogate father in the motion picture, who told reporters that lifting weights each individual day for two decades for his function as buff fireplace brigade commander had been “the greatest risk I took for the function, mainly because I am 62”.

Lindon, who won Cannes’ very best actor award in 2015, reported doing the job with Ducournau had taught him “to permit go”, building him “a better actor and a improved guy”.

Each figures are damaged, their life “scorched earth”, said Ducournau.

“To display how appreciate and humanity are born, I experienced to acquire that scorched earth and make it blossom, like light-weight would make the darkness blossom,” the director mentioned. “The film is a film about appreciate, about unconditional adore.”

“Titane” is among the 24 movies competing for the Palme d’Or, to be awarded on Saturday.