At the Avon and Warwick Showcase TITANE *** (Shocking, tense French film) Be warned: This film may shock or offend you. Two people walked out early into the movie at Friday's Avon opening. Directed by Julia Ducournau, this violent, gritty, gory,
(Shocking, tense French film)
Be warned: This film may shock or offend you.
Two people walked out early into the movie at Friday’s Avon opening.
Directed by Julia Ducournau, this violent, gritty, gory, sex-obsessed, tension-packed movie will have you shuddering at times and looking away at others.
And yet there is something compelling about it that has you mystified and wondering what comes next.
We meet Alexia after she is in a car accident and has a titanium plate inserted in her skull.
Alexia is now an adult exotic dancer with a fetish for cars. After a sexy dance, she is followed by a crazed fan who she kills with a stickpin that she keeps in her hair.
She then goes on a rampage, brutally murdering enough people to be pursued as a serial killer.
On the run, Alexia cuts her hair, binds her body, breaks her nose, and poses as a missing boy.
The boy’s father takes Alexia – a.k.a. Adrian – home, gives him a job in his EMT crew, and although Alexia/Adrian won’t talk, takes him as his son.
From there, “Titane” gets even weirder.
We’ve told you enough to either completely turn you on or turn you off.
And we didn’t even mention her unusual pregnancy.
Garance Marillier is incredible as Alexia/Adrien.
In French with subtitles.
(Prequel to “The Sopranos”)
“The Sopranos” has been gone from HBO for 14 years, and we may have forgotten some of the characters.
The movie doesn’t help as we revisit the Moltisanti family back in the ’60s, when Tony Soprano was just a nerdy kid. His teachers said he was smart and a born leader, but he was always getting in trouble.
We meet all the family members in this jumbled movie that comes across as a series of vignettes, some out of sequence and others that seem unrelated.
There is betrayal, infighting, prejudice, infidelity, murder and mayhem, all thrown haphazardly together in this period piece that shows us glimpses of the riots in Newark, the police prejudice, and the Italians’ relationship with Black families who are moving into their neighborhood.
These people certainly were no saints, and there isn’t a one that you will care for.
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