Friday, April 2 - Sunday, April 4, 2010

“Marvellous amalgam of sadistic thriller and fairytale romance, drawing on a wild diversity of genres from film noir to Feuillade serial. The deliriously offhand plot, cheekily parodying Watergates and French Connections, has switched tapes setting a pair of psychopathic hoods on the trail of a young postal messenger, turning his obsessive dream — of romance with a beautiful black opera singer whose performance on stage he has secretly recorded — into a nightmare from which he is rescued by a timely deus-ex-machina (clearly a descendant of the great Judex). The most exciting debut in years, it is unified by the extraordinary decor – colour supplement chic meets pop art surrealism – which creates a world of totally fantastic reality situated four-square in contemporary Paris.” – Time Out (London)

“Conspicuously clever and shamelessly glam, Diva contrived a neo-new-wave sensibility with a post-Pop gloss that came to be known as ‘cinéma du look,’ a Franglais label for the micro-movement of super-stylish, unabashedly romantic pictures made throughout the ’80s by a clique of bright young things including Beineix, Luc Besson, and Leos Carax.” – Nathan Lee, Village Voice

  • Country France
  • Language French
  • Rating R
  • Year 1981
  • Running Time 123 minutes
  • Director Jean-Jacques Beineix

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