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 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.
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.