Titane – TIFF21


Titane – TIFF21

Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. Titane : A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys.

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A woman with an obsession with cars poses as the missing son of a fire captain in . As a child, Alexia () got into a car accident, resulting in a titanium plate being implanted in her skull. This leads to an unnatural connection to cars, which she uses to great success as a gyrating showroom model. However, following an unexpected pregnancy that leads to a murder spree, Alexia goes on the run and she decides to post as Adrienne, the missing son of lonely fire captain Vincent (). While trying to keep her true identity a secret, Alexia/Adrienne develops an unexpected bond with Vincent.

Titane is the Palm D'or-winning sophomore film from writer/director Julia Ducournau (Raw) and is a story that cannot be classified under a single genre. On one hand, this is a film that features grotesque metallic body horror that is almost a cross between 's Crash and Shin'ya Tsukamoto's Tetsuo: The Iron Man. On the other hand, the film is a tender drama about the bonding between the now very androgynous protagonist of Alexia/Adrienne and their “father” Vincent.

If there is one word that I can describe Titane is that it's a very messed up film that can only be described as “French.” Within the first half-hour of the film, we see the protagonist Alexia literally have passionate sex with a car, before going on a brutal killing spree. After that initial craziness, the plot Titane calms down quite a bit, despite occasionally returning to body horror with Alexia's very unnatural pregnancy. Overall, Titane is definitely not a film for everyone, but it is also one that will stick in your mind.

Titane is screening as part of Midnight Madness at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.