When director Julia Ducournau’s Raw premiered four years ago, there’s no denying it very much welcomed. 45 nominations, 23 wins? The movie rocked some people’s sensibilities and made Ducournau a director-in-demand. So, how do you follow up a movie about an aspiring vet who turns cannibal?

Well, you take four years to release something like this, of course.

Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. Titane: A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys.

Ducournau is keeping things familiar by having actress Garance Marillier lead things off with her sophomore effort and, if the trailer is any sign, this has been well worth the wait.

This trailer is bananas, it does not want to give you anything resembling a narrative foothold, and it keeps you off-balance the entire time. If this was really interested in ginning up interest to the sect that needs to know exactly what they’re getting into with a movie, the trailer did a miserable job. The fact, though, this is a brilliant piece of key art.

It eschews the idea of what a trailer should be. It will reveal what it wants to and to hell with whatever you want. In a sea of flotsam where there are rules for how you sell a movie, you’ve got this jetsam that is perfect in every way.

Titane opens wide in France on July 14, 2021.

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