directed by Julia Ducournau, Belgium / France 2021, 108' (English friendly)
Julia Ducournau’s film begins with an emotional explosion followed by tension that rises until the very last second of this shocking story, attacking all the senses. Titane blows up the screen, demolishing boundaries between genres, breaking into male film fantasies and popping the balloon of our expectations. Alexia (Agathe Rousselle), who has titanium implants, bad memories and an extremely sensuous body that does not corrode, cannot be liked but must be loved. Her life is like the Dakar Rally: you are desperately fighting for survival, and you never know what’s around the corner. A fairy tale, perhaps? A horror film? A melodrama? A feminist parable about inner transformation? Impossible as it may seem, Titane mixes the imagination of David Cronenberg, Luc Besson and Claire Denis. Ducournau flawlessly unites seemingly distant worlds and styles.