“Titane”, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival 2021, is released at Cathay Cineplexes and The Projector on 24 March.
By Julia Ducournau
With Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Garance Marillier
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rating: R21 (Homosexual Scene and Violence)
Synopsis: “Titane” follows the story of a woman named Alexia (Agathe Rouselle), who was injured in a car crash as a child and had a titanium plate installed in her head. She grows up relating to automobiles more than people, abstracted from standard moral principles and relationships. When a negative encounter with a romantic suitor leads her to a raunchy killing spree, Alexia bounds between intense, violent outbursts and moments of surreal comedy.
Titane: A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys, often used in medical prostheses due to its pronounced biocompatibility.
Director’s personal quote:
“I sensed I was facing a very complex puzzle, with dense matter that I clearly needed to simplify. But I had to be careful or I’d risk losing the existential scope I was aiming for. It was a real balancing act. To give “Titane” its definite shape, I honed in on the character of Vincent (Vincent Lindon) and his fantasy: this idea was through a lie, you can bring love and humanity to life. I wanted to make a film that initially may seem “unlovable” because of its violence, but then we grow deeply attached to the characters, and ultimately we receive the film as a love story. Or rather, a story about the “birth of love” because here, everything is a question of election “
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