Diva, 37°2 in the morning, The Moon in the gutter… the six films of Jean-Jacques Beineix

Free, dreamlike and poetic, the filmography of the filmmaker who died this Friday at the age of 75, has six films, including huge popular successes.

The bathroom of Diva, bathed in the blue light of Jacques Monory and the music of Puccini, listened to on screen by Bohringer in his bathtub. The kitchen 37°2 degrees in the morning. The library of Deadly Transfer… The sets by Jean-Jacques Beineix, who died following a long illness at the age of 75 on Friday January 14, will remain as the emanation of a free and dreamlike artist’s vision. His filmography has only six films but leaves unforgettable moments of cinema.

Diva , nineteen eighty one

It is the director’s first film to be awarded four Césars. Adapted from the novel by Daniel Odier, the film explores the fascination of a young postman for the diva Cynthia Hawkins and was already making an impression with its aesthetic and poetic dimension.

With Frédéric Andréi, Richard Bohringer and Gérard Darmon.

The Moon in the Gutter , 1983

Gérard (Gérard Depardieu) is a docker, he lives between a sordid shack and shabby bars, like the Mikado. He keeps dragging and returning to where his sister Catherine committed suicide after being raped. Gérard has sworn to find the attacker. His life is turned upside down when he meets a dream girl, Loretta, a beautiful creature from the chic neighborhoods. He falls in love…

With Gérard Depardieu, Nastassja Kinski and Victoria Abril, based on the novel The Moon in the Gutter» by David Goodis.

37°2 degrees in the morning , 1986

The sulphurous love story between Zorg and Betty, which launched actress Béatrice Dalle, is the director’s biggest success.

With Béatrice Dalle and Jean-Hugues Anglade, based on the novel by Philippe Djian.

The actress paid her a beautiful tribute on Instagram:Zorg and Betty are orphans… One of the most beautiful pages of my life has just turned… I love you“, written in capital letters.

Roselyne and the Lions , 1989

Thierry works in a zoo in exchange for lessons given to him by the lion trainer Frazier. He meets Roselyne and the two lovers are engaged in a Munich circus, she as a trainer and he as a trainer. More than the circus, the film evokes artistic creation.

With Isabelle Pasco and Gerard Sandoz.

IP 5 – The island of pachyderms, 1992

Tony, 20, covers the walls of Paris with his tags, in the company of Jockey, a sassy black kid and crazy about rap, who lives in a shabby apartment with his drunken father. One evening, he finds him plunged into an alcoholic coma, and urgently calls a nurse. As soon as he sees her, he falls in love with her. He pursues her, she rejects him and goes to Toulouse. Ransom by skinheads, Tony is forced to deliver a strange load to Grenoble: luminous gnomes for gardens. The last film by Yves Montand, who died at the end of filming.

With Yves Montand, Olivier Martinez and Géraldine Pailhas.

Deadly Transfer , 2001

The filmmaker’s latest film is again a thriller. Michel Durand, psychoanalyst, leads a very quiet life until the day when one of his patients is strangled during his consultation when he fell asleep. Panicked, he gets rid of the body while Superintendent Chapireau (Denis Podalydès) investigates and the husband searches for his wife.

With Jean-Hughes Anglade, Hélène de Fougerolles, Denis Podalydès and Robert Hirsch, based on the novel by Jean-Pierre Gattégno.


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