Cinema is clearly constantly being hatched in Carax's brain like a foam of bursting demonic dragon eggs. But this hyper-cerebral film-conceptualizer makes powerfully physical art. Denis Lavant is a big part of that. Has any actor ever used his body to commit such impossible acts of expression as Lavant does again and again for Carax? This is a big, brash, lurching bedlamite of a movie, and perfectly imperfect.
Some movies can only be considered "good" by critics and the general public, but may have a special meaning for some people. In my case , this is one of my favorites of all time , the beauty and the very good performances of Miss Binoche , the stunning scenes, and so many other things that make up the work , the love story to the margins of life, prejudice and cruelty that the street offers . I advise: watch it.
A demanding watch, Carax's film offers a brave and merciless depiction of the abject lives of the homeless in Paris. However, while the actors, particularly Binoche, give committed performances, the film is a bit overlong and the central relationship not 100% convincing. Some sequences are over-dramatised including a sentimental and bombastic ending which rather lets down the integrity of the drama as a whole.