Titane could be a companion piece to Jumbo (202) as both are French-Belgium
co-productions and both involve the female protagonist having sexual
relationships with machines. In Jumbo it was a fairground ride whilst in
Titane it’s a car and a fire truck.
The story begins with a young girl called Alexia being involved in a car
crash where she suffers horrific head injuries that result in her having a
titanium plate fitted on to the side of her skull. Years later an older
Alexia (an excellent Agatha Rouselle) is now working as a showgirl at a
motor show. After being approached outside by one of the motor shows
customers, who she brutally murders, she returns to the showroom where she,
finding a car has turned itself on, has sex with the car. Honestly you
couldn’t make it up.
Titane then turns into a serial killer film as Alexia randomly murders
various people, including her mother and father who she locks in their
bedroom and burns alive.
And just as Titane starts to look interesting as a serial killer film it
takes a bizarre U turn and becomes a story about a lost boy and his reunion
with his with his father. Confused, let me explain.
Seeing a wanted poster with her face on it Alexia cuts off her hair tapes
down her breast and, oh I forgot to mention, she’s pregnant the father
being the car she had sex with in the showroom, and her large pregnant
belly. She then goes to the police and claims to be a lost boy she’s seen
on a poster, called Adrien.
Vincent (Vincent Lindon) the lost boy’s father turns up and, after refusing
to take a dna test, accepts Alexia as his long lost son. He then takes him
to his fire station where, before a bizarre conclusion, as Alexia or Adrien
having sex with a fire truck.
Bearing similarities to the work of David Cronenberg, Julia Ducournau’s
film, she directed as well as wrote the script, is going to split opinions,
there are those that will love it for its weirdness whilst others will
dislike it for the very same reason.
If you liked either Jumbo or the weirdest work of Cronenberg then Titane is
going to be right up your street. Titane is certainly unique but it won’t
be for everyone.