Director Jean-Jacques Beineix launched the Cinéma du Look movement with this stylish cult thriller about a young postal carrier (Frédéric Andréi) who finds a pair of Taiwanese bootleggers after him when they discover he illegally recorded a reclusive opera singer perform live.
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The thing that has stuck with me the most was the cooking in a snorkel. I didn't fully appreciate it until much older. It has to do with being a foodie. You start to notice things like how the food tastes at different temperatures. You improve the taste by knowing how hot or cold to serve it. He was in the snorkel to preserve the temperature.
Interesting film .. technically very creative and unusual which in my book is always a good thing. The huge quantities of colleges that teach film studies should definitely have this on their curriculum. It might encourage some interesting, brave talent to emerge. There are some beautifully composed sequences and frames.
The freshest and most original French film since A Bout De Souffle; there will never be another film like Diva. The script is a thing of pure genius, every character is absolutely great and unique and the dialogues are pure gold but it really is Beineix filmmaking that elevates the film to the status of masterpiece. Other than the sheer visual insanity of the subway chase scene, every scene is perfectly shot.
Ziemlich krude Story mit vielen absurd überzeichneten Charakteren - irgendwie trotzdem sehenswert; auch wegen der Kamera: changierend zwischen Ballhaus und Jay Z. (Die freche kleine Freundin des Hauptdarstellers erinnert mich an die MUBI-Nutzerin Hati Le.)
An interesting film, which had the potential of becoming more interesting, and better overall. It's not great, but it's quite enjoyable. It has its good moments, and some scenes that are visually interesting, but it could have been so much more that an OK film, if the plot was tighter, and the direction more engaging. Not bad, but certainly not a memorable film.
Yes it has dated (what from the 80s hasn't?) and the plot is a bit silly but Diva, and main character Jules, contains a certain charm and likeability nevertheless. A film which feels unique to its time and place.