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2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 8 – Julia Ducournau’s Titane

2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 8 – Julia Ducournau’s Titane

Julia Ducournau landed in the 2016 edition of Critic’s Week section with her debut film Raw (she previously had shown her short Junior as well) and it quickly made ripples into waves – with a global reach that one would hope for. Her follow-up Titane which was acquired by Neon features an almost six pack version of Vincent Lindon and introduces first-time actress Agathe Rousselle in a mostly physical performance (not much dialogue with her character). We even have Raw‘s Garance Marillier in a memorable minor role. Marillier is also in her 2011 short.

Our Nicholas Bell calls this “bizarre, to say the least, sometimes off-putting and strangely enchanting, Titane is cold as chrome, hot as fire, securely nestling in the nexus of metal and flesh,” this is being championed by critics and there is some serious murmurs about this winning the Palme. With four of our critics giving this a perfect score of 5 stars, and currently sitting second on our charts, this is a divisive film.

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2021 Cannes Film Festival Day 8

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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