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Mauvais Sang (1986)

Mauvais sang (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 26 November 1986 (France)
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Marc (Michel Piccoli) recruits Alex (Denis Lavant), son of his former, now dead colleague. Alex is a card shark with a big dream to go out to the world and leave his own mark. His ... See full summary »

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Leos Carax

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Leos Carax
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Piccoli ... Marc
Juliette Binoche ... Anna
Denis Lavant ... Alex
Hans Meyer ... Hans
Julie Delpy ... Lise
Carroll Brooks Carroll Brooks ... The American woman
Hugo Pratt Hugo Pratt ... Boris
Mireille Perrier Mireille Perrier ... The young mother
Serge Reggiani ... Charlie
Jérôme Zucca Jérôme Zucca ... Thomas
Paul Handford Paul Handford
Charles Schmitt Charles Schmitt
François Négret François Négret
Philippe Fretun Philippe Fretun
Thomas Peckre Thomas Peckre
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Storyline

Marc (Michel Piccoli) recruits Alex (Denis Lavant), son of his former, now dead colleague. Alex is a card shark with a big dream to go out to the world and leave his own mark. His determination leads him to break up with his girl friend, Lise (Julie Deply). Alex initially refuses to help Marc and Hans for their "job" of stealing the culture of new drug. But Anna (Juliette Binoche)'s charm and beauty were irresistible. Alex joins the elders. Alex's dance to David Bowie's Modern Love illustrates unfolding emotions of young Alex moving into an adult (graying if not dying) world. The interplay among the generations, between genders, among social classes, memory and hopes, all played against black and white and occasional red back drop. Anna's cobalt blue robe punctuates the moment when Alex confesses his love for her. Written by lucidwisdom@gmail.com

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...love that burns fast but lasts forever...

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 November 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mauvais Sang See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,699, 6 December 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,483, 8 December 2013
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Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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An essential film of the Cinema du look movement of France. See more »

Quotes

Anna: Life is splendid with him. He guides me so well. He requires of me very beautiful things, very rigorous. You know, he is self-taught. Yes, he has done it all. He looked at me with the eyes of an inventor, with the eyes of a researcher, like I was an invaluable discovery, as if I had the solution to something. Something secret and mysterious that is hidden deep inside him. Sometimes I get so close, so near, but more often I am light years away? Curious, isn't it? It's my life, this thing, this ...
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References Vivre Sa Vie (1962) See more »

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J'ai pas d'regrets
Performed by Serge Reggiani
Lyrics by Boris Vian
Composed by Jimmy Walter (as J. Walter)
disques J. CANNETTI
ed. RAOUL BRETON C. WAGENHEIM
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Ambitious yet uneven Leos Carax film
20 November 2016 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This second film by Leos Carax is one which continued his focus on romance between alienated youth. It is a more expansive film than the earlier Boy Meets Girl (1984) but is overall a little less satisfying. More than any of his other films, this one plays around with characters and motives of genre cinema. In this case, we have a heist plot as the basis for what is otherwise typical Carax material. The McGuffin is a sexually transmitted virus that effects people who engage in sex with no emotional involvement. A serum which can cure the disease is locked away in a high security government building. Marc, a gangster in deep debt enlists the services of Alex the teenage son of one of his friends to steal the precious drug. Alex falls in love with Marc's lover Anna.

In all honesty, the crime story was dealt with in a very half-hearted manner. I guess when you consider that the virus is of such an absurdly whimsical nature it's not so surprising that it's not exactly taken very seriously. Like all the other Carax films, you really have to get on board with his very cinematic style to have any chance of appreciating them. This one has its share of expressive moments that happen with little story-based sense but which are highly cinematic such as where Denis Lavant suddenly runs along a street while sound-tracked to David Bowie's 'Modern Love', it's a very typical Carax scene where the character can express his feelings in a manner that is pure cinema. Likewise, the impressively shot parachute scene is also coming from a similar place. On the whole, this is a very visual film with good use of colour throughout. I personally think that this is the least of the 'Alex' trilogy through. It feels a little too uneven and bitty overall, like the director had a lot of ideas but with no coherent plan of how to connect them together effectively. So, I would say that this is ultimately an interesting but flawed film.


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