Titane (Docournau 2021)

Titane (Ducournau 2021)

One of the more bizarre films we have ever watched, and that is saying something! Docournau has managed to produce a film that transcends most hegemonic  categories and divisions. This effectively disarms viewers pushing them into experiencing the film emotionally rather than analytically. This is no small feat. The deserved winner of the 2021 Palm d’Or at Cannes. Let this film drive over you and then join us for our full discussion.

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Titane (Ducournau 2021)

TOPIC INDEX – Titane  (Ducournau 2021) (times are approximate) 

0:30 – Introductions
6:00 – Discussion begins
6:00 – laying out the gender pieces
7:00 – West and Zimmerman – gender as omnipresent
11:30 – serial killing
21:00 – relationships and fire
27:00 – femininity and masculinity
29:00 correction – “queer” should be “heterosexual”
36:30 – vibes
44:30 – Los Angeles Times interview with Ducournau
48:00 – comparisons to Henry
52:00 – outside hegemoinc systems and outside binaries
55:00 – emotional experience of the film
1:06:00 – hope
1:14:00 – resist
1:29:00 – KUSO (Lotus 2017)
14:20 – SPOILERS begin

1:02:00 – filmmaking and plot movement
1:23:10 – grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility

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