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.
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Carax hit pay dirt, or, more to the point, the ground running, with Mauvais Sang, a manic parable of modern love as bad faith and worse medicine that not only fulfilled the promise of his debut but went well beyond it, adding to his already evident swooning romanticism the wildness of kinetic imagination and reliance on sketchy but suggestive narrative quirk that have fueled his careening career ever since.
Really beautiful. So fantastically '80s with all of those primary colors. Juliette Binoche, although beautiful, was a little grating, I can't really put my finger on it, something about her general character in this. The movie was just fantastic, I loved it, and young Denis Lavant is très cool. That "Modern Love" scene (I see u, Frances Ha) was so so so good.
Wowwie Kabootles, who would have thought that a french romance in the near future would be so eccentric?? Love is a strange thing. It can make us do the irrational, especially when thieves are involved. I wonder if Wong Kar Wai was influenced about this when making fallen angels?
to be honest I only watched 30 minutes, but I've seen enough of Carax. his "formal inventivness" is just a way of ignoring everything that is important in cinema: people, emotions, reality. this movie just seems an excuse for some frantic, ugly cutting.
A beautiful use of the primary palette of colours, spontaneous, and a refreshing rendition/incorporation of all that is Nouvelle Vague and beyond. Denis Lavant and Juliette Binoche's performances are immensely memorable and naturalistic offering together with the fluid editing moments of sheer cinematic joy.