Frederic makes an illegal recording of Cynthia’s best performance, a coup considering that her famous soprano voice has never before been committed to tape. A pair of Taiwanese knock-off artists witness the crime (filmed in the reflection of their sunglasses), but far from wanting to report the young man, they are determined to get the tape and capitalize on it themselves.
Meanwhile, in a seemingly unrelated plot, the key witness in a mafia case is murdered by a pair of vicious gangsters. Before the victim dies, she manages to slip a cassette recording containing evidence into Frederic’s postbag. The two tapes get confused and more coincidences continue as the action heats. The film culminates in a serpentine series of elegant twists.
Beineix directs with one eye set on French New Wave style and other on modern blockbuster entertainment, creating a combination of art and action that won critical acclaim upon its limited release. Some of the coolest set-pieces include Frederic’s car-crash themed loft and a motorcycle chase through the Paris subway.
Walrus Rating: 9