Cleopatra Music & Films, with sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has targeted May 9 for the Blu-ray debut of French actress-turned-filmmaker Sophie Blondy’s Starlight.
Fellini would admire this one for its visual style and David Lynch would be right at home watching this metaphorical tale of comedy and tragedy as one and the same — a two-headed coin, so to speak, which can be flipped this way and that throughout eternity, but the result will always come out the same.
On a bleak seaside landscape a circus troupe has set up their tent. They are in something of a purgatory, where few people visit their performances and they seemingly have no will to move on.
The proceedings are managed by the ringmaster, Heroy (Tchéky Karyo), a tyrant, who is half-mad. He lusts after Angèle (Natacha Régnier), the apply named and very beautiful wife of the circus clown, Elliot (Denis Lavant), and spends his time planning different ways to destroy their relationship and have her for himself.
Heroy prompts the well-endowed Zohra (Béatrice Dalle), who is something of a circus gypsy, to seduce Elliott as one of his schemes … she is a circus “creature” in the purest sense; a sideshow all onto herself and a more than willing participant. And if these characters were not odd enough, even in a dream world, hovering over all of this is the mute La Conscience (played by none other than Iggy Pop).
Starlight — strange, surreal and visually gorgeous (cinematography by Nathalie Durand — Sky, Blame it on Fidel) — is presented in French with English subtitles.