Boy Meets Girl

  • Directed by Leos Carax
  • France, 1984, 100 mins., French

Carax’s Nouvelle Vague-inspired first feature was hailed upon its release as the most impressive French debut since Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS. Alex (Denis Lavant) and Mireille (Mireille Perrier) wander the dark side of Paris until they fatefully meet, falling in love and failing in love despite their loneliness. Alternately expressionistic and hauntingly surreal, this droll, moody film of romantic pessimism features beautiful black-and-white cinematography by Jean-Yves Escoffier and a soundtrack featuring songs by David Bowie, The Dead Kennedys, and Serge Gainsbourg. “Meteoric…. Ecstatic cinema and ecstatic living join together in a pressurized promise of glory and misery.” —Richard Brody, The New Yorker.

Genres: Drama

Other Films by Leos Carax

Holy Motors

“This wild, mythic enigma chronicles a day and a night in the life of the chameleon-like Mr. Oscar (Denis Lavant), a kind of avatar in a white stretch limousine who, in the course of his multiple missions, is transformed as a twisted dwarf, an elderly crone, a knife fighter, a hitman, a dying uncle, a

Pola X

“Herman Melville, Catherine Deneuve, music legend Scott Walker—they’re all part of the mad mix in the intoxicating, incendiary, often sexually explicit POLA X. The film is adapted from PIERRE, OR THE AMBIGUITIES, the mysterious, much-maligned 1852 novel that was Melville’s follow-up to MOBY DICK. Carax’s ravishing, insanely romantic, rock-operatic update is set in present-day Normandy,

Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf (The Lovers on the Bridge)

Denis Lavant, Carax’s onscreen alter ego, and Juliette Binoche are young vagrants who meet on Paris’s famed Pont Neuf. Alex is a fire-eating street performer and addict. Michèle is a heartbroken painter who is slowly going blind. Carax’s dazzling, delirious chronicle of their “amour fou” is a vivid, visionary, pyrotechnic valentine to Paris—much of it

Mauvais Sang (Bad Blood)

The follow-up to BOY MEETS GIRL, MAUVAIS SANG is an exhilarating mixture of classic French crime thriller and spectacular Vincente Minnelli-like romance. Always on the prowl, Alex (Denis Lavant) joins a gang of thugs to steal the serum for a virus that kills people who “make love without love.” Then, with bold precision, the story