“I should have told you — it’s you I want.”
When his sister is raped and murdered, stevedore Gerard (Gerard Depardieu) vows to find her killer; meanwhile, he falls for the wealthy Loretta (Nastassja Kinski) and dumps his girlfriend Bella (Victoria Abril).
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this follow-up to Jean-Jacques Beineix’s cult film Diva (1982) is “delirious, pretentious, and obscure”, but nonetheless contains “many powerful scenes” and some undeniably “erotic visuals”. Beineix purportedly based Depardieu’s character on photos of Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire — a noble intention, but one which ultimately doesn’t pan out; while Depardieu has his own kind of sexy animal magnetism, he never comes close to channeling the unique spirit of Brando’s Kowalski.
- Nastassja Kinski, who looks a bit like Ingrid Bergman here and has a haunting presence
- Depardieu — on a bet — breaking a solid block of ice in half by gnawing his way through it
No. While the film was subject to much critical debate when it came out, it no longer warrants such attention.