With only two films to his credit, Julia Ducournau has established herself in the eyes of all as a singular director. In “Titanium”, she takes the opportunity to entrust a role to one of her colleagues who also has a desire to make a different cinema.
Titanium : the Palme d’or 2021
The presentation of Titanium during the 2021 edition of the Cannes Film Festival was an earthquake that shook the Croisette. The feature film of Julia Ducournau could not leave anyone indifferent and he had the chance to walk away with the Palme d’Or. This consecration was rather surprising because genre cinema is very rarely rewarded in this way during this event. The French director, who made a name for herself with Severecould push his cinema even further and we are waiting to see what the rest of his career will be like.
Titanium follows Alexia, an unstable young woman who commits several murders. In her flight, she decides to change her identity and to pretend to be a boy who disappeared years ago. She thus meets his father, from whom she must hide who she really is. While she now lives under his roof in a fire station, their relationship takes a surprising turn. The film is really not easy to describe, just like the relationship between the characters played by Vincent Lindon and Agathe Rousselle.
A director in front of the camera
Julia Ducournau loves the genre and does not hesitate to cite its influences. We mainly think of David Cronenberg but it turns out that Titanium allows you to forge a link with another director: Bertrand Bonello. The director chose to call him on by offering him a small role, that of Alexia’s father.
He had already distinguished himself in front of the camera, in some of his own films or those of others. Finding him here is not really illogical because the cinema he works has a real uniqueness and Julia Ducournau finds himself in it. Moreover, he has not hidden in the past his attraction to genre cinemaalthough it was not until his recent Zombie Child to finally see him rubbing it fully. In spirit, it is true that the two directors have a similar approach in their work, with this desire to make a racy cinema not afraid to destabilize the public.