roni’s review published on Letterboxd:
even though Titane made its viewers squeamish for all the right reasons, Ducournau still managed to create a story full of sensitivity and heart.
I always appreciate body horror and here it was done masterfully - the film wouldn’t be complete without it. as fuel oil leaks out of Alexia’s body and beams of light shine through her stomach, she nears the birth of the inhuman child in her. the repression, anxiety and horror of physically having a product of your trauma in your womb, trying to desperately cover up every trace of your identity while feeling like a ticking time bomb - all presented in intense and striking ways.
the sexual bond between Alexia and a motor vehicle can seem over the top, unrealistic and comedic; i see it as the depiction of reality denial and shifting the past in your head to deal with abuse in any way possible. the less I could relate to her reality, the more I could understand her mind.