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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans Meyer ...
Carroll Brooks ...
The American woman
Hugo Pratt ...
Mireille Perrier ...
The young mother
Jérôme Zucca ...
Paul Handford
Charles Schmitt
François Négret
Philippe Fretun
Thomas Peckre


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...


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Release Date:

26 November 1986 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mauvais Sang  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,699 (USA) (6 December 2013)


$21,483 (USA) (6 December 2013)

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1.66 : 1
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Music by Sergei Prokofiev (as Prokofiev)
ed. Chants du Monde
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love story that touches and screen painting that fascinates
18 October 2002 | by (Utrecht, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

You will remember Mauvais Sang because of:

  • its unique & very recognizable director's style;

  • visual experiments that have broadened the cinema art horizon (please

don't forget that this film was released in 1986 and was copied since then in many other films and videos, which makes it less experimental nowadays);
  • high energy level due to variation in static close-ups and dynamic

scenes shot by the moving camera;
  • love story that touches but stays far away from clichés;

  • plot that plays with stereotypes of a gangster film and leaves enough

space for your imagination.

Visual ideas of Leos Carax can be encountered in, for instance, Romeo + Juliet by Buz Luhrmann, Delicatessen by Jeunet & Caro and a recent art house hit - Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

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