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The Night is Young (Mauvais Sang)

The Night is Young (Mauvais Sang)
  • 1986
  • France
  • 116 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Leos Carax
  • Written by: Léos Carax
  • Cast: Michel Piccoli, Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant
  • Language: French

Carax's tricksy and inspired second film blends sci-fi and film noir in its depiction of a story about teenagers who succumb to a strange and deadly plague.

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In an unforgettable display of studied directorial prowess, Leos Carax (Holy Motors) masterfully blends a futuristic crime drama with a tragic love story, cleverly paying homage to his various influences, and stylishly shaping his own unique brand of ‘Cinema du look’. Starring Michel Piccoli, Denis Lavant (playing Carax alter ego “Alex”), Juliette Binoche, (Lavant and Binoche would later reunite for Carax’s extraordinary Les Amants du Pont-Neuf), and a youthful Julie Delpy, Mauvais Sang is a poetic masterpiece.

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