Julia Ducournau returns with her second jaw-dropping feature after her cannibal coming-of-age debut Raw. Newcomer Agathe Rousselle plays Alexia, a motor show dancer and technosexual with a disturbing enthralment with violence.
After sustaining horrific injuries in a car crash as a child, Alexia has a titanium plate fitted to her skull, igniting her animalistic impulse towards all things metallic. When her violent tendencies make her a fugitive, Alexia forms an unusual bond with Vincent (played by the sensational Vincent Lindon), a hardened firefighting chief grieving the disappearance of his child.
Ducournau, who is no stranger to pushing boundaries and exploring taboo, takes us on a twisting, gruesome, erotic journey of love, survival, desire and self-discovery. The pulsating soundtrack and Ruben Impens’ electric cinematography combine to create an assault on the senses that is as rewarding as it is repulsive.
This unhinged and mind-bending technothriller gives new meaning to the term extreme cinema – yet through all its surprising twists and turns ends up as a profound and unexpected exploration of the human condition and our innate desire to care and be cared for.
Although not one for the faint of heart, Titane establishes Ducournau as one of the most thrilling, provocative and innovative filmmakers of recent times.
‘An intoxicating mix of grease, gore and gasoline.’ – Hannah Strong, Little White Lies