France, Belgium, 2021, 108′, feature film
The film by Julia Ducournau begins with an emotional explosion, after which the tension constantly rises – until the last second of this astonishing story which stimulates all of the senses. Titane blasts the screen: destroying genre boundaries, breaking into male cinematic fantasies, popping the balloon of our expectations. The owner of titanium plates, bad memories, and an incredibly alluring body that does not corrode, Alexia (Agathe Rousselle), is a person who you do not like, but you love her at the same time. Her life resembles the Paris-Dakar Rally: you desperately struggle to survive and never know what will be around the next bend. Perhaps a fairy tale? Possibly a horror film? Melodrama? A feminist parable of inner transformation? Although it seems impossible, in Titane the imagination of David Cronenberg, Luc Besson and Claire Denis come together. Ducournau perfectly combines seemingly distant worlds and styles. Titane is above all a story about self-acceptance and the need for intimacy.
The film was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 74th Cannes Film Festival 2021.