Leos Carax’s dark fable is wholly satisfying and one of the best of the year. It is like a film that one sees at an arthouse late at night, an art house tucked away in a dark corner of the city, and upon emerging holds the key to a secret experience that no one else in the world knows about. Winner of the Best Director award at Cannes 2021.
Underneath the unrestrained raunch and vulgarity is a surprisingly thoughtful, measured, and authentic drama about a stand-up comedian turned Hollywood star who has arrived at a crossroads in his professional and personal life. Chris Rock, who by his own admission has had a middling movie career, has made a film that displays a heretofore unseen level of maturity while showcasing the talent of some of the best comics working today.