Diva is\r\na 1981 French thriller film directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix, adapted from the novel Diva by Daniel Odier (under the\r\npseudonym Delacorta). It is one of the first French films to let go of the realist mood of 1970s\r\nFrench cinema and return to a colourful, melodic style, later described as cinéma du\r\nlook.
A young Parisian postman, Jules, is\r\nobsessed with classical music; he is particularly obsessed with Cynthia\r\nHawkins, a beautiful and celebrated American soprano opera singer who has never allowed her singing to be\r\nrecorded. Jules attends a recital at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, where Hawkins sings the aria "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana" from\r\nthe opera La Wally.\r\nHe illicitly makes a high-quality bootleg recording of her\r\nperformance using a Nagra professional tape-recorder. Afterwards, he steals the gown she was wearing from\r\nher dressing room.