It is particularly in his homeland that Carax enjoys the dubious reputation of a cinéaste maudit; a lasting consequence of the disastrously long and expensive shooting of Les amants du Pont-Neuf (1991). This did not temper his ambition however, and though he was only able to finish five feature films in a thirty year career, Carax has won a place in the pantheon of cinema.
The director Tessa Louise-Salomé, who has previously filmed the making-of Drive in Holy Motors, expresses her passion for Carax’s universe by stylizing her documentary with a lot of visual extras. She also borrows lavishly from Carax’ lesser known short films.
The absence of a direct interview with Carax is made up for by a host of guest appearances by, among many others, Harmony Korine, Kylie Minogue, Juliette Binoche, and of course his favorite actor, Denis Lavant. Screened twice together with Natan.