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Titane (2021)


8/10: Good Follow-up Film for Ducournau
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

This was a movie that when I saw it was coming to the Gateway Film Center, I was intrigued. I enjoyed the director's previous film of Raw and this one was getting buzz from groups I'm a part of on social media. Figured since this is a 2021 film, I'd give this a go. The synopsis is following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years.We start this movie off Alexia (Adèle Guigue) when she is age 7. Her father is driving, played by Bertrand Bonello, and he is annoyed with Alexia. She is mimicking the sound of the engine. To ignore her, the father turns up the radio, but this causes Alexia to get louder. She then takes off her seatbelt and her father tries to stop her, causing an accident. Alexia has a metal plate put in her head and a brace she...

2/10: Ridiculous
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Titane" has been hyped as a bizarre and original entry into the horror genre but its premise is nothing new (think of a messy mash-up of David Cronenberg's 'Crash' and 1977's "Demon Seed"). Anyone who has followed horror or science fiction films for the last five or ten years will find nothing unique or unsettling here. The film seems desperate to try and shock viewers by portraying excessive scenes of violence but it frequently goes wayover the top; as an example, there was one segment of the film I actually found myself laughing at in which the character repeatedly attempts to break her nose in order to change her appearance. Like many of the scenes in "Titane," it's taken to such extremes that it eventually just becomes absurd.During the first 30 minutes or so of the film we're introduced to a dancer, Alexia (Agathe Rousselle) who seems to physically identify with cars and we...

7/10: Car shaking wildness
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Coming five years after Raw, Julia Ducournau's Titante (Titanium) is also Croenenberg-inspired but goes in its own direction. Or plenty of directions, to be perfectly honest.When she was a child, Alexia was in a car accident that she caused by distracting her father. After years of painful surgeries, she's grown into a woman (Agathe Rousselle) who wants nothing to do with her parents - despite living with them - and makes her living as a motor show salesgirl, writhing provocatively atop a car that us so moved by the experience that it makes love to her after she's killed a man with her hatpin.Yes, you read that right.Alexia is also a serial killer who has a history of wiping out her human lovers. But the one thing she can't kill is the new life inside her. After a victim escapes, she sets her parents house ablaze with them inside and reacts to being a...

7/10: An auto-erotic film for the ages
Friday, October 1, 2021

I've never seen a movie as simultaneously sexy and nauseating as "Titane." For your sake I hope you won't be watching this movie in November, because the beginning features some of the most erotic dancing I've ever seen on film - dancing that just happens to take place on the hood of a Cadillac at some bizarre, surrealistic motorshow. Yes, at first glance, you may think "Titane" is the latest "Fast and Furious" entry, but it soon transforms into something much more sinister.Our heroine, Alexia, played marvelously by Agathe Rousselle, is a woman who is clearly very troubled, in numerous ways. From a car accident as a child that left her with a metal plate in the left side of her skull to her unhealthy obsession with vehicles of all shapes and sizes, there can be no doubt that Alexia is unwell. However, if at any point, and for some reason, you find yourself unconvinced of Alexia...

8/10: Beyond the shock and gore, a unique love story
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Titane" (2021 release from France; 108 min.) brings the story of Alexia. As the movie opens, Alexia as a very young girl is involved in a car crash, requiring a titanium plate in her head. We then move to today, and grown-up Alexia is dancing in a club featuring slick cars and where "touching is done with the eyes only". Late one night, Alexia gets into that sleek Cadillac, where she is twisted and twirled, naked. It's not long before she finds out that somehow she is pregnant... To tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.Couple of comments: this is the second feature-length film from French writer-director Julia Ducourneau, who seduced us a couple of years ago with "Raw". Here she examines the impossible, namely what if a car somehow impregnates a women? It is the beginning of...

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