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Mauvais sang

Directed by Léos Carax
France, 1986
Crime, Romance


Set a few years before the 21st century, Mauvais Sang tells the story of Alex, the teen-age son of a murdered criminal who is enlisted by two former associates of his father to steal a valuable serum for an AIDS-like disease.

Mauvais sang Directed by Léos Carax
A masterpiece of ecstatic cinema from 1986, directed by Leos Carax at the age of twenty-five… With an emotional world akin to that of the New Wave masters, a visual vocabulary that pays tribute to their later works, and a visionary sensibility that owes much to Jean Cocteau’s fantasies, Carax suggests the burden of young genius in a world of mighty patriarchs who aren’t budging.
June 15, 2017
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Not only is Carax’s poetic impulse uninhibited, the poetry itself is totally unfettered from a dominant system. Mauvais sang’s sense of symbolism is Cubist. Dozens of discrete signs and motifs stack, overlap, recombine, adhere, toppling over each other. It’s exhilarating—and not only for the audience: watch Alex/Lavant/Carax careening down the street, frenzied with desire for his partner-in-crime’s young lover, Anna (Binoche, flirty and unselfconscious like the Anna Karina her bob cut cites).
April 02, 2016
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Generally, the film plays its stylish exterior against itself, exposing the hollow technical skill of Carax’s nominal peers as being a corrosive element of cinema that can contain rich reservoirs of character but rarely does. Mauvais Sang dazzles with its imagery, but it’s also one of the most humanistic works of a decade that could have used more of them.
November 17, 2014
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