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Starlight

France 2015
produced by
Alain Peyrollaz for Héloise Films
directed by Sophie Blondy
starring Denis Lavant, Iggy Pop, Natacha Régnier, Tchéky Karyo, Béatrice Dalle, Bruno Putzulu, Laura Favali, Roland Menou, Zimsky, Sissi Duparc, Hervé Chenais, Dominique Rocher, Michel Adam de Villiers, Patrick Mimoun, Erland Malmberg, Régis Sthillaye, Crystal Sanchez, Pierre Sanchez, Géraldine Girault, Patrice Perrotin, Didier Blin, Amandine Lemaire
written by Philippe Benkemoun, Sophie Blondy, music by Steve Mackay, Mathieu Gauriat, Jim Peuvrel

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A small and rather shoddy circus stops in a coastal town to play their stale performances to scarce audiences ... while the real drama happens behind the scenes: The circus director Heroy (Tchéky Karyo) might or might not be a former gangster and rolling in the dough despite pretending to be as poor as his performers, but circus magician Zéphyr (Bruzno Putzulu) thinks he has found him out and now needs someone to get rid of Heroy ... so how about clown Elliot (Denis Lavant), whose wife Angèle (Natacha Régnier) has an affair with Heroy - while Elliot himself is lusted after by soothsayer Zohra (Béatrice Dalle). At least since he has found out about his wife's affair (but probably longer), Elliot has lost touch with reality, and his own conscience (Iggy Pop) seems to be his most constant companion - but Elliot has no idea what his conscience tries to say to him, and ultimately this leads to a tragic finale ...

 

True, in writing Starlight might sound like nothing more than a circus-set soap opera, but as mundane as the film might seem, storywise, it really plays in a league all of its own due to its directorial approach that mixes dream and reality in a phantasmagorical way, doesn't shy away from the surreal and the absurd, and makes the most of its circus location and especially its dreamlike atmosphere intermingled with its shoddiness.

A film that really gets you on an emotional level.

 

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