Diva is a sensational thriller adapted from Daniel Odier’s novel of the same name, made of cult-like, obscure cinematic components driven by director Jean-Jacques Beineix’s distinctive creative style. It centers on Jules, a young postman who gets around the streets of Paris on his moped and is obsessed with opera. Jules’s trouble begins when he illicitly records the performance of an American soprano and accidentally stumbles on a tape which incriminates the corrupted chief of police.  

DIRECTED BY: Jean-Jacques Beineix. WRITTEN BY: Jean-Jacques Beineix, Jean Van Hamme. WITH: Frédéric Andréi, Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Roland Bertin. 1981. 117 min. France. Color. French, Italian, English, Latin. Rated R. 35mm. 

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