The winner of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Titane moves with the logic of a dream, and often the force of a nightmare. The film begins as a kind of horror movie, with a series of shocking events perpetrated by Alexia (Agathe Rouselle, in a dynamic and daring breakthrough), a dancer with a titanium plate in her skull following a childhood car accident. However, once Alexia goes into hiding from the police, and is taken in by a grief-stricken firefighter (Vincent Lindon), Julia Ducournau (Raw) reveals her deployment of genre tropes to be as fluid and destabilizing as her mercurial main character. A feverish, violent, and frequently jaw-dropping ride, Titane nevertheless exposes the beating, fragile heart at its center as it questions our assumptions about gender, family, and love itself.
Fri 5 Nov 8.45pm
Mon 8 Nov 8.35pm
As part of the French Film festival UK
photo: © Carole Bethuel
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