Alexia (Agathe Rousselle) has a titanium plate in her head, the legacy of a childhood car crash. She makes a living as a dancer and is forced to take extreme retributive action against an abusive male fan. Disguised as a boy, she goes on the run, where she falls under the tender protection of fire chief Vincent (Vincent Lindon). Alexia’s transgressive desires, however, soon propel the narrative into the fantastical territory of body-horror. Wildly imaginative, and brimming with provocative and confrontational imagery, Titane manages to surpass the cannibalism of Raw, Julia Ducournau’s intense first feature, with its shocking and bizarre scenarios. A surprise winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. DOM
Director’s note: Palme d’Or winner Ducournau follows up her sensational visceral body-horror breakout Raw with another female character, Agathe Rousselle in an unforgettable performance.
Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival, November 17 – 28.