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Jean-Jacques Beineix exhaled a gust of fresh Gauloise smoke into French cinema with this stylish caper film that established the ‘80s as A Thing as surely as any other cultural product you care to name. A Parisian postman (Frédéric Andréi) obsessed with the title soprano (Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez) gets tangled up in two separate capers involving audio-tape MacGuffins. The plot itself is less diverting than the tangible sense of wit and, well, style that Beineix deploys throughout. -LG

1981 Jean-Jacques Beineix. 1.66:1 Color 35mm 117 min. In French with English subtitles.