List Film


  • 1981
  • France
  • 117 min
  • 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.

Performance times

This film is not currently showing in cinemas.

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.

Text supplied by third party.

Tell us more about this listing.