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Directed by Leos Carax

France 1984 100 mins. In 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.



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