• 1981
  • France
  • 1h 57min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jean-Jacques Beineix
  • Written by: Jean-Jacques Beineix, Jean Van Hamme, Based on the novel by Delacorta
  • Cast: Frédéric Andréi, Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, Richard Bohringer
  • Language: French, English

The twisted fate of two tapes, one an illegal recording of an American opera star, the other exposing a crime ring, is the central strand of this daffy Gallic cult favourite. Style oozes from every sprocket hole.

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Influenced by his background in advertising, director Jean-Jaques Beineix kick starts the ‘Cinema du look’ wave with this eclectic, kaleidoscopic thriller, boldly breaking with many of the popular tropes in French cinema at the time, and providing a stylistic blueprint for the movement.Sacrificing his budget to ensure high production values, Diva finds Beineix cleverly weaving two thrillers together within one narrative; juxtapositioning high society against subterranean street cool, and eliciting an iconic performance from the brilliant Dominique Pinon.

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