- General info
A young postal messenger's secret recording of his operatic idol gets him into unimaginable depths of trouble when the bootleg is accidentally switched with a surveillance tape. As a pair of psychopathic hoods trail the messenger, he finds himself caught in a complicated plot of murder and corruption, his romantic dreams of love with the opera singer metamorphosing into a living nightmare. Set in a stunning world where the fantastic and the real clash in contemporary Paris.
- Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Frédéric Andréi, Richard Böhringer, Thuy An Luu, Jacques Fabbri, Chantal Deruaz, Anny Romand, Roland Bertin, Gérard Darmon, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Jacques Moreau, Patrick Floersheim, Raymond Aquilon, Eugène Berthier, Gérard Chaillou
- Jean-Jacques Beineix
- Irène Silberman, Serge Silberman
- Daniel Odier, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Jean Van Hamme
- Classics, Drama, Romance, Thrillers
- Release Date:
- Run Time:
- 113 minutes
- French Dolby Digital 2.0
- DVD Regions:
- Region 2
- Aspect Ratio:
- Widescreen 1.66:1
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Youthful artistic noir thriller from Paris, 1981
- Diva review by BW
Sophisticated Parisian thriller. Released in 1981, Diva retains much of its freshness today. There's a bold originality to the design of this film, particularly with the stylish interiors of the warehouse apartments of two of the principals here. I liked the naivete and pretentious cool of the young protagonist. As thrillers go, the plot is probably not high on originality. It draws from the sketchbook set by seventies American detective-gangster noirs. A subway chase scene here is well executed but rather blatantly lifted from The French Connection. There are flaws. The film is too long and the convolutions of the plot lost me towards the end (not unusual). Diva takes its title from an operatic diva whose singing is wonderful but this seems a little superfluous to the plot. Paris looks beautiful in a film that really captures the feel of the city and milieu. It's a well filmed piece with some beautiful scenes. The acting stands up. Diva has enough charm and energy to make it of interest for the contemporary viewer.
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