Bizarre

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    Bizarre

    Directed by

    France, USA

    2015

    98 min

    • English

    Drama

    Maurice, a reticent young homeless man, somehow manages to get by in Brooklyn; he spends his nights in parked cars until he finds himself at ‘Bizarre’, an underground club renowned for its burlesque shows. Maurice is fascinated by the club's playful revues celebrating self-determined sexuality and creative otherness, and the two female club owners both adore him. He soon becomes a part of their self-selected family, and begins to bond with introverted Luka. But Maurice turns his back on Luka's growing affection. Running away from his true emotions he drifts aimlessly through the city. He tries to find his feet at a boxing club, where he meets Charlie. Unable to withstand the pressure of his repressed feelings, Maurice unleashes a mounting foment of emotions, pervaded by tenderness and menace. Étienne Faure shot his film on location at ‘Bizarre’. Illuminating the promise of an independent future for his aimless escapees in the resplendent creations of ‘Bizarre's’ artistes, Faure moulds his keenly sensitive observations of these lost, disturbed souls to form a mesmerising trance.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Pierre Prieur
    Adrian James
    Raquel Nave
    Rebekah Underhill
    Charlie Himmelstein
    Luc Bierme
    Screenplay
    Étienne Faure
    Cinematography
    Pavlé Savic
    Editing
    Étienne Faure
    Production
    EIVISSA PRODUCTIONS LEVALLOIS
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    Press

    A look at how incomplete and unsatisfactory society's sexual and gender hegemonies are, with lots of liberating liberalism along the way.

    Thomas Humphrey, Cineuropa

    Bizarre... mixes beauty and the grotesque with nightmarish results, and with some quirky, humorous twists and turns

    Sarah Rutterford, The Upcoming

    It’s all very Eyes Wide Shut... Those younger than its 1999 release date may be scandalised by Bizarre, and find all this a revelation.

    Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily

    Étienne Faure

    Étienne Faure

    France

    Born in the south of France in 1969, he began his film career directing shorts before making his feature debut in 2000 with IN EXTREMIS. He is currently working as a producer and director. His feature film CHAOS screened at numerous international festivals.