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Titane Dubbed ‘Most Shocking Film Of 2021’ After Winning Cannes Film Festival

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Titane Dubbed ‘Most Shocking Film Of 2021’ After Winning Cannes Film Festival

Titane will no doubt become the name on everyone's lips when it debuts in cinemas all around the world.


The horror-thriller has taken out the coveted Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and it certainly has some interesting elements to it.

The film title is the French word for titanium, which is a central motif to the plot.


The synopsis is described as: "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."

It centres on Alexia who gets into a bad car accident when she's younger. She gets fitted with a titanium plate in her head that regularly gets displayed.

Instead of being afraid of automobiles, the woman develops a strange attraction to the machines, which escalates to the romantic (if you can call it that).

Credit: Altitude Films
Credit: Altitude Films

At one point in the movie, she has sex with a car, gets pregnant with a car-human hybrid baby and even starts lactating ink-black oil. Yeah - it's wild.

She then embarks on a 'don't mess with me' journey and savagely kills several people without flinching.

There are 'bone-crunching fights and skin-splitting transformations' that cause the audience to wince, yelp and gasp, according to the BBC, who has labeled Titane the 'most shocking film of 2021' in a good way.

Critic Nicholas Barber wrote: "Julia Ducournau's Palme d'Or-winning film is a nightmarish yet mischievously comic barrage of sex, violence, lurid lighting and pounding music.


"Ducournau has driven to the boundaries of conventional cinema - and then put her foot down."

Credit: Altitude Films
Credit: Altitude Films

Nicholas wasn't alone in his analysis, with the film already receiving an impressive 95 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


Time Out's Philip De Semlyen said: "A dazzling, horrifying, tender, often brilliant, occasionally baffling and always wildly singular vision of lives and bodies in transition."

World of Reel's Jordan Ruimy added: "Ducournau is trying to go balls-out bonkers here, raising the insanity levels to 11. She has reinvented cinematic body-horror via a combination of Cronenberg, motor fuel and sex. It's really singular, shocking, repulsive and incendiary stuff."

While Vulture's Nate Jones wrote: "The whole way home, I noticed my teeth were chattering from the adrenaline. They've only just stopped."

It hasn't yet secured an Australian release just yet but there's no denying it will be one to watch.

Featured Image Credit: Altitude Films

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film

Stewart Perrie
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