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France, 1986 (MIFF 1987)

Director: Leos Carax

A youthful, anarchic film from 26-year-old French director Leos Carax, a crime thriller that turns into a tale of unrequited love.

"Paris, a few years before the beginning of the 21st century. Nothing's really changed (the water, the bridges, a few trees, the stars...) except for the carriages on the underground, which are now red; the hot sultry nights (a comet is approaching the earth) and mankind is threatened by a new fatal disease, STBO. A boy, recently orphaned, decides to start a new life elsewhere. He wants to disappear and leave nothing behind, not even a fingerprint on his girlfriend's body. He is not only an orphan but also a criminal, because in order to leave he agrees to commit a theft for a certain couple in exchange for a large sum of money. The man was a friend of his father's. As for the women he falls in love with her. But that's not why he is betrayed." Berlin Film Festival Programme

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