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Julia Ducournau’s sensational second feature offers an intoxicating mix of grease, gore and gasoline. It won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes festival.
The story centres on Alexia (newcomer Agathe Rousselle) who sustained injuries in a car accident as a child which left her with strange predilections. As a young adult she makes money as a model and dancer at car shows, but her true passions are decidedly more unusual. They soon land her in a sticky situation which in turn leads her to the doorstep of grieving father Vincent (Vincent Lindon), whose young son went missing 10 years ago.
To wit, Rousselle is as perfectly cast as Garance Marillier was in Ducournau’s first film, Raw (she also makes an appearance in Titane). Her character is largely mute which makes intense physicality essential; Rousselle delivers some of the finest ocular acting in screen history, while opposite her Lindon is tender, unnerving and brutal in the same breath.
Ducournau continues to build on her impressive body of work, pushing the boundaries of taste and decency to present confronting cinema which leaves a sharp metallic taste on the tongue.
Source: Little White Lies