In a parallel universe, this willfully goofy film would stand alone as a surreal and resolutely French valentine to the movies. But instead, this much-lauded movie is part of a chorus of recent films that celebrate the cinema, a theme that feels blandly self-congratulatory. Of course, there's also the matter of decoding writer-director Leos Carax's baffling story, which is so ambiguous in revealing the adventures of a shape-shifting Denis Lavant that it's worse than confusing ¿ it's exhausting.
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