With Kylie Minogue satellite-ing in for a Q&A afterward.
“An exhilarating, lunatic odyssey that delves deep into the murky relationship between film and our dreams.” Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph
“It is wayward, kaleidoscopic, black comic and bizarre; there is in it a batsqueak of genius, dishevelment and derangement; it is captivating and compelling.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Beloved of cineastes at Cannes this year, it was impossible to pick up a ticket for this mind-bending film from French enfant terrible, Leos Carax (The Night is Young, Polax). After a 13-year hiatus, Carax’s tour de force disconcertingly melds reality, fantasy and voyeurism, referencing forebears Bunuel and David Lynch, and defying easy description!
Oscar (veteran French actor/clown Denis Lavant) is chauffeured around Paris by ice-cool Céline (the venerable Edith Scob) in her stretch limo-cum-theatrical dressing room. In a series of jaw-dropping set pieces, he emerges from the limo in various guises – as an ancient beggar crone, an assassin, a balletic cyber-man, and many more. Oscar’s motives and true persona are tantalisingly ambiguous thanks to Lavant’s mesmerising performance, and there are impressively against-type turns from Kylie Minogue (talking afterwards in a satelite Q&A) and Eva Mendes.