Boy Meets Girl
Director: Leos Carax
Cast: Denis Lavant, Mireille Perriere, Carroll Brooks
Genre: Drams Romance
Language: French with English subtitles
Country of Origin: France 1984 100 mins.
Released by ARTIFICIAL EYE
After starting out as a Cahiers du Cinéma critic, Carax, with his first feature at age 23, was immediately proclaimed the 'bad boy' and 'boy genius' of French cinema. Though he has only made five films in 30 years, each has made its own striking impact on critics, audiences, and filmmakers alike.
Carax’s Nouvelle Vague-inspired first feature was hailed upon its release as the most impressive French debut since Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS. Alex (Denis Lavant) and Mireille (Mireille Perrier) wander the dark side of Paris until they fatefully meet, falling in love and failing in love despite their loneliness. Alternately expressionistic and hauntingly surreal, this droll, moody film of romantic pessimism features beautiful black-and-white cinematography by Jean-Yves Escoffier and a soundtrack featuring songs by David Bowie, The Dead Kennedys, and Serge Gainsbourg. 'Meteoric…. Ecstatic cinema and ecstatic living join together in a pressurized promise of glory and misery.' —Richard Brody, The New Yorker.