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    TITANE (2021) Cannes award winner from the Director of RAW

    TITANE (2021) - Not since David Cronenberg's CRASH has Cannes seen as 'auto'-erotic a film as Julie Doucurnau's TITANE. And, despite some controversy with each, both movies got Jury Awards (TITANE the Palme D'or).

    After a childhood flashback leaves Alexia (played as an adult by Agathe Rousselle) with a metal plate in her head. The 30ish woman is now a dancer at a strip club where the ladies gyrate with automobiles (and, if there's something that eclipses a man's fancy more than girls and cars - it's girls AND cars). A bizarre late night S&M encounter leaves Alexia pregnant -- and with an increasing penchant for violence and aggression. Doucurnau (RAW) doesn't flinch from showing the sex and brutality in all it's grindhouse glory. The movie provocatively begs the question of whether it's any less exploitative if it's directed by a woman.

    After this savage (overly so) opening*, Doucurnau's script (with “consultants”) abruptly changes gear when Alexia comes into contact with Vincent (Vincent Lindon), a fire chief of a special fire fighting unit. He takes Alexia under his protection and becomes a father figure to her. Vincent has severe issues of his own, and their relationship becomes a symbiotic one, however peculiar it may be. Rousselle and Lindon play off each other well here and their bond becomes as believable as this strange tale can become. More to the point, it becomes quite moving in its own perverse manner.

    Doucurnau's movie isn't just interested in the standard horror tropes, as it confronts head on gender identity, sadomasochistic relationships and the fetishizing of women's bodies. Genre fans will see parallels to such earlier films such as Cronenberg's THE BROOD, DEAD RINGERS and RABID (along with the aforementioned CRASH). BLADE RUNNER 2049, UNDER THE SKIN, THE DEMON SEED and last year's PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN are also evoked (the latter, of course, a coincidence of timing).

    TITANE is certainly not your typical Cannes Awards winner, nor your standard horror film, but Doucurnau has created her own disturbing vision of the intersection of sexual politics and what it means to be human in this age of rapidly accelerting advances in bio-medical technology.

    *there were walkouts in the theater

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    I really want to see this.
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    This is going to be France's Oscars submission this year.

    https://www.indiewire.com/2021/10/ti...on-1234671292/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    This is going to be France's Oscars submission this year.

    https://www.indiewire.com/2021/10/ti...on-1234671292/
    They're going down the outraged headlines route to drum up some publicity I see.
    Last edited by agent999; 10-13-2021 at 11:16 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agent999 View Post
    They're going down the outraged headlines route to drum up some publicity I see.
    TITANE did win the Cannes Palme D'Or. Hardly a shocking submission

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeS View Post
    TITANE did win the Cannes Palme D'Or. Hardly a shocking submission
    Foreign Language films winning the Palme d'Or doesn't guarantee them being submitted for the foreign language film oscar e.g. France choosing Renoir over the superior Palme d'Or winning Blue is the Warmest Colour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    I really want to see this.
    I saw this last Saturday (9th) at the London Film Festival. I thoroughly enjoyed this film & like it a lot although I actually prefered her pevious film Raw over this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboyslim142 View Post
    Foreign Language films winning the Palme d'Or doesn't guarantee them being submitted for the foreign language film oscar e.g. France choosing Renoir over the superior Palme d'Or winning Blue is the Warmest Colour.
    That was a special case because BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR missed the release deadline in France that year. It was deemed ineligible that year. The Distributor refused to bow to the Academy and release the film earlier and it was disqualified. Too bad, it would have been a sure-fire nominee -- and likely, winner.
    Last edited by JoeS; 10-14-2021 at 08:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeS View Post
    That was a special case because BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR missed the release deadline in France that year. It was deemed ineligible that year. The Distributor refused to bow to the Academy and release the film earlier and it was disqualified. Too bad, it would have been a sure-fire nominee -- and likely, winner.
    I've just remembered that 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days wasn't EVEN shortlisted for the Foreign Language Film Oscar despite it winning the Palme d'Or.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboyslim142 View Post
    I've just remembered that 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days wasn't EVEN shortlisted for the Foreign Language Film Oscar despite it winning the Palme d'Or.
    But, it was submitted by it's host country (Romania). That's the note here.

    Of course, most Palme D'Or winners don't win Oscars. Still, my response was in reply to the notion that France (or the Academy?) was only submitting TITANE as some kind of controversy generator. Nope. It's purely for practical reasons - the French think it may get nominated (or even win).

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