- horror reviews - MOH 2022


IMDb Info

Release Year: 2021
Runtime: 1h 48m
Country: France, Belgium
Language: French
Genre Tags: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Plot Summary: Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years.

Poster - Title Card rating: notes: A surprisingly affecting ending, considering it starts out with a serial killer on the run after being impregnated by a car. It's ridiculoulsy compelling even when it seems like it's going nowhere, and the lead is absolutely riveting. There's a lot to unpack about identity, gender and acceptance here. Maybe broken people can heal. Maybe they're not broken, but the system is. It's like watching a feral animal learn to trust humans. I'm still mulling it over.

Outside Reviews:

Sheila O'Malley
3.5 out of 4 stars -

The importance of tenderness—and the pain tenderness causes to those unaccustomed to it—stands in stark contrast to the human body's inexorable processes, the body's irritating penetrability and fragility, magical titanium plate or no. These different conflicting ideas don't exactly hang together all the time, and "Titane" seesaws between its grisly first half and family-melodrama second half (making it either top-heavy or bottom-heavy, depending on how you look at it). The deeper thematic revelations may come too late in the game for those either turned off or turned on by the frenzied pitilessness of the first half, but Ducournau, inventive, bold, fearless in her approach and sensibility, doesn't lose her nerve. Neither does "Titane."

Katie Rife
Grade: B - Horniness for cars is just one outrageous aspect of this year's Cannes winner, Titane

In both of her features, Ducournau has displayed a fascination with feral femininity and the animal side of human nature. And anyone who's lived with animals knows that they operate under their own logic, one that has nothing to do with "civilized" morality. To that end, Titane is a bit like a pet cat dropping a dead mouse at its person's feet: It's shocking, and kind of gross, but deep down, a loving gesture.