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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Alex: Someday it will be like we already lived.
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Features La petite Lise (1930) See more »

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Modern Love
Written and Performed by David Bowie
EMI Pathé Marconi
ed. JONES MUSIC
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Ebbs and flows between simply interesting and deeply annoying
4 August 2005 | by vostfSee all my reviews

On the whole this is typical artsy-fartsy film-making. Interesting visual ideas are clustered with mucho highbrow babbling so that you can brand it something like "post-modern cinema" to look cleverer than you are.

Actually a bunch of visual ideas are much more interesting than the rest so it's not only the dialogue which spoils the art house soup. And that's why I won't hesitate in calling this pretentious auteur stuff: most images are just plain self-conscious (cleverly framed for art's sake - call it experimental cinema if you like, I say it's simply annoying), pseudo-poetical situations and lines (pure Godard-style) and a big inscrutable vacuum all over the place (plot construction is too vulgar a thing for artists to spoil their hands with it).

Next time I'll try Ed Wood's Plan 9 from outer space. At least I won't laugh to forget how much I'm bored.


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