TITANE, the sophomore feature from Julia Ducournau (RAW), is a high-octane experience that won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival — marking only the second time that a film directed by a woman has won the coveted prize. Alexia (Agathe Rousselle) is an exotic dancer with a titanium plate in her head, installed after a childhood car accident. Her routine atop a tricked-out Cadillac gives new meaning to the phrase "auto-eroticism." Alexia's sensuous moves are complemented by a penchant for murder, and as the bodies stack up, she goes on the lam, later assuming the identity of Adrien, a missing person who disappeared 10 years prior when he was a seven-year-old boy. But Vincent (Vincent Lindon), the heartbroken father who wholeheartedly believes he has now been reunited with his long-lost child, proves to be more than Alexia bargained for. Ducournau provocatively explores gender roles, parenthood and the extremities of the human body in this unrestrained thrill ride. DIR/SCR Julie Ducournau; PROD Jean-Christophe Reymond. France/Belgium, 2021, color, 108 min. In French with English subtitles. RATED R
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