Leos Carax’s second film put him on the map and won the Prix Louis Delluc. Set in the near future, this tale of two aging thieves and their young recruit borrows New Wave themes while incorporating a fresh visual style. The thieves’ new cohort can’t help but be attracted to Binoche, playing a young lover of one of the thieves. —BAMcinematek
An unpredictable French filmmaker whose poetic style earned him a critically sound reputation on the heels of his debut feature, Boy Meets Girl (1984), Leos Carax has since gone on to explore the tortured ramifications of love in the modern world with such features as Lovers on the Bridge (1991) and the controversial Pola X. A native of Suresnes who was born to an American mother and a French father, Alexandre Oscar Dupont (his professional name an anagram of his first and middle names) directed a series of short films and dabbled in cinema criticism before putting his celluloid where his mouth is with his debut feature, Boy Meets Girl. A dramatic exploration of modern love, the film provided undeniable proof of Carax’s already assured, mature visual style and proved the first teaming of the director and his cinematic alter ego, Denis Lavant. In addition, Boy Meets Girl also found Carax forming a long working relationship with renowned cinematographer Jean-Yves Escoffier, a partnership… read more
An audacious miracle of a film. Carax's directing reminded me of the scene in Crouching Tiger where Zhang Ziyi is joyously drunk with her sword fighting powers and destroys the tea room. Carax seems completely drunk on the power of the images he loves and with what he can do with them. Shot after shot makes your jaw drop. Skydiving -- magic tricks -- Modern Love -- Jules and Jim -- Binoche in flight.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt2KlkBUgXA For me, one of the best films ever. The scene above is cinema at its finest - you can see the exploration of ideas here coming to fruition later in lovers on a bridge! Can't wait to see Pola & Motors