EW Staff
February 21, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Betty Blue director Jean-Jacques Beineix’s first movie made a considerable splash way back when because it was something genuinely different — the first new-wave movie (as in the musical/style movement, not the film genre). Today, Diva is less dated than you might expect, and it remains visually sumptuous, with shot after shot beautifully designed — an aspect this new wide-screen transfer showcases. While the vaguely Hitchcockian story (a fan secretly records an opera singer and is pursued by two sets of villains) is not terribly plausible, the music, especially the arias performed by Fernandez, more than compensates.

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