Mauvais Sang

Mauvais Sang

Movie Poster ©AAA Classics 1986
Directed by Leos Carax
Produced by Denis Chateau
Alain Dahan
Philippe Diaz
Written by Leos Carax
Starring Michel Piccoli
Juliette Binoche
Denis Lavant
Music by Benjamin Britten
David Bowie
Sergei Prokofiev
Cinematography Jean-Yves Escoffier
Edited by Nelly Quettier
Distributed by AAA Classics
Release dates
  • 26 November 1986 (1986-11-26)
Running time
116 minutes
Country France
Language French

Mauvais Sang (French pronunciation: [movɛ sɑ̃], Bad Blood), also known as The Night Is Young, is Leos Carax's second film. Released in 1986, the film played at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival[1] before being nominated for 3 César Awards and winning the Prix Louis-Delluc. The film had 504,803 admissions in France.[2] The title refers to the eponymous poem by Arthur Rimbaud in A Season in Hell.[3]


In Paris of the not-too-distant future, a mysterious new disease named STBO is killing young people who make love without emotional involvement. A serum has been developed, but it is locked away in an office block, out of the reach of those who need it most. An American woman blackmails two aging crooks, Marc and Hans, into stealing the STBO serum. Marc recruits Alex, a rebellious teenager whose father worked for him before getting himself killed. Although Alex has a girlfriend, Lise, he ends up falling for Marc’s young lover, Anna...



Berlin Film Festival 1987
César Awards 1987
Louis Delluc Prize 1986


Christian Faure was the assistant director of the movie.


  1. "Berlinale: 1987 Programme". Retrieved 2011-02-27.
  2. "Mauvais sang (1986)- JPBox-Office". Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  3. "Mauvais sang - Premiers Plans - Angers festival 2013". Retrieved 30 December 2014.

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