Mauvais sang (1986)

Original Title : Mauvais sang
Director : Leos Carax
Writer : Leos Carax
Genre : Crime
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Alain Dahan (I) , Philippe Diaz
Music : Charles Aznavour
David Bowie
Benjamin Britten
Sergei Prokofiev
Serge Reggiani
Photography : Jean-Yves Escoffier
IMDB ID : 0091497
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Mauvais sang (1986) - Leos Carax


¬Michel Piccoli Marc
¬Juliette Binoche Anna
¬Denis Lavant Alex
¬Hans Meyer I
¬Julie Delpy Lise
¬Carroll Brooks The American woman
¬Hugo Pratt Boris
¬Hugo Pratt Boris


In Paris in the near future. Aging thieves Marc and Hans owe money to a tough American woman who gives them two weeks to pay. They scheme to steal and sell a new serum for a disease that's killing lovers, but they need someone with quick steady hands. They recruit Alex, a disaffected youth who's breaking up with Lise, his 16-year-old girlfriend. In the few days before the theft, Alex becomes enchanted with Anna, Marc's young mistress. They talk, they play, they sing, but she's in love with Marc. Lise hasn't given up on Alex either, and she comes to Paris on the day of the theft. There are double crosses, a daring rescue, and, for Alex, a waiting plane. Will he make it?


what a poet..... Having seen only his incredibly intense 1999 film, Pola X, I didn't exactly know what to expect with Bad Blood.The film is as a whole not as effective as the later film, but it serves to solidify Leos Carax in my mind as a truly great director.I love both films, and this one is definitely flawed, but the poetry which comes through onto the screen is absolutely incredible. Alex running down the street to Bowie, the motorcycle getaway, and the amazingly passionate and beautiful final scenes will remain with me for a while... the film is exquisitely wild and reckless and is truly innovative in the way it's put together.Even as I write this, shot after shot and scene after scene resurface in my mind, all of them worthy of mention, and all of them gorgeous and shattering in their own way.Carax is a deserving heir to the thrones erected by the new wave.Bad Blood is the work of a master, whether the film itself is a masterpiece or not...The characters are wonderfully crafted with very nice performances by everyone, it's very watchable and very human poetry of the highest calibre.See it, see a Leos Carax film, any of his films - I'm going to track down Boy Meets Girl and Lovers on the Bridge as soon as I can.