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Titane is a horror flick written and directed by Julia Ducournau, which stars Agathe Rousselle as a woman who has a titanium plate fitted into her head after being injured in a car accident as a child.
A brief explainer from distributor Neon doesn't give much away, simply saying: "Titane: A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys, often used in medical prostheses due to its pronounced biocompatibility."
Sounds relatively straight-forward, right?
Well, what that fails to mention is that the film also features a woman who has sex with cars and gets herself impregnated by a vintage Cadillac. How, you may ask? Erm, she shoves the gear stick into her... You know the rest.
She only realises she's knocked up when she begins secreting motor oil from her vagina, which in itself is a pretty horrific mental image, and later gives birth to a child made out of titanium.
On top of that, the woman's also got a nasty murderous streak, meaning on top of the bizarre crossover between motoring and eroticism, we've also got grisly deaths to contend with.
As you'd probably expect, the film has proven to be a tough watch for some people after it made its debut at the prestigious Canne Film Festival in July - where director Ducournau won the Palme d'Or award.
In screenings since, there have been various reports of people walking out or even fainting
With a tweet from journalist Julian Rizzo-Smith earlier this month saying: "NEW FROM ME: At least 13 people fainted, others walked out, during the Aussie premiere of Titane in Sydney last night. As one attendee said: 'The guy in front of us fainted and the chick to my right had a panic attack'.
Someone else also wrote: "A friend fainted during TITANE last night and told me that 20 other people did as well - now that's cinema baby!!!!!!!!!!!"
a friend fainted during TITANE last night and told me that 20 other people did as well - now that's cinema baby!!!!!!!!!!!
- ben ! (@b3nfreeman) November 4, 2021
A third admitted: "Just fainted during Titane...." later adding: "Bro she was giving herself an ab*rtion the French are godless."
Another said: "Just watched the Cannes winner 'Titane' at SFF and man... that was hard to stomach and sit through... Now I see how people fainted in the first screening."
If you think you can stomach it, Titane will be out in cinemas in the UK and Ireland from 31 December.
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