Bad Blood (1986)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

Original title:  Mauvais Sang

France, 1986.   , , , , , , , , .   Screenplay by Leos Carax.   Cinematography by .   Produced by .   Production Design by , , .   Costume Design by , , .   Film Editing by .   

Stunning but uninspiring romantic thriller by Leos Carax is a terrific trip back to the 80s new wave European cinema that fans of Diva can revel in. After learns about his father’s suicide on the Paris Metro, he is recruited by his father’s mobster buddy () to aid a heist in order to pay back an American boss () to whom both the older men owed money.

Lavant agrees because of the cash reward, and is sidetracked from his goal by Piccoli’s beautiful girlfriend (a very young Juliette Binoche), with whom he strikes up a tender romance.

Carax blends all elements of the story, rough and soft, with exceptional ease, but there are too many scenes that stop and ponder the fate of the lovers that can be frustrating. Still, the innovative edits and gorgeous photography do provide a plus.

Berlin Film Festival AwardAlfred-Bauer Prize


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