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He’s played a troubled youth in the Paris ghettos in La Haine, a vengeful husband in Irreversible, and an abusive ballet company director in Black Swan. One pattern is clear with French actor Vincent Cassel: he works with directors of a special breed who can’t be boxed up neatly within a genre. His latest Cannes film is no exception. Cassel partnered with Italian director Matteo Garrone to play the role of a casanova Medieval king who’s always on the search for his next sexual conquest in Tale of Tales. Based upon the stories of Giambattista Basile, Europe’s original fairytale scribe, […] »
- Ariston Anderson
In truly huge news for film fans, Cult Epics—the boutique label who brought Jörg Buttgereit’s Nekromantik films to U.S. blu—has announced an August Blu-ray and DVDate, as well as summer theatrical bookings for Gerald Kargl’s crucial, Austrian home invasion classic Angst. The 1983 film, often cited by Irreversible and Enter the Void‘s Gaspar Noé as a tremendous influence (he’s…
The post Crucial, Rare Home Invasion Film Angst Comes to Blu appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
The first 3D porn movie ever screened in official selection at the Cannes Film Festival has been sold to nearly 40 markets including Australia.
Gaspar Noé.s Love stars Karl Glusman as a young American reminiscing over an intense affair he had in Paris with Electra (Aomi Muyock). Her suggestion of a threesome with Omi (Klara Kristin) ultimately unravels their relationship.
.Its sexually explicit content, which might pose a problem in a handful of territories such as the Us, does not appeared to have deterred buyers,. Screen Daily drily reported.
.Even though one critic labelled Love the director.s tamest film, it hardly is that, considering the numerous, extremely graphic sex scenes in which nothing is left to the imagination,. Deadline.com.s Pete Hammond wrote. »
- Don Groves
It’s only his fourth feature film, but his eighth trip to Cannes, Gaspar Noé hasn’t let go of the short or long format. He first broke into the fest with the Directors’ Fortnight included Carne (1991), La Bouche de Jean-Pierre (short – 1996), Seul Contre Tous (short – 1998), Irreversible (2002), Sida (short – 2006), Enter the Void (2009), 7 Days in Havana (one of seven short films – 2012). If we only received a small sampling of critic grades for the 8:30 a.m. screening of Jacques Audiard’s Dheephan, it might have a lot to do with the conflict of interest and sleep deprivation associated to Noé’s Love 15 minutes past midnight screening. This year we made an exception in our Critics’ Panel, including this tantalizing 3D offering which our Nicholas Bell only reminds us that “Noé was already beaten to the punch by Michael Winterbottom with his film 9 Songs“. For many, this might be the filmmaker’s »
- Eric Lavallee
Following on from his controversial "Irreversible" and "Enter the Void," filmmaker Gaspar Noe returned to the Cannes Film Festival this week with the sexually explicit ode to young romance and threesomes with "Love".
What makes "Love" unique is that along with being sexually explicit in a way so distinct to Noe, it has also been done in 3D. The first reviews are out and go into detail about what to expect in terms of the graphic nature of the film, though actual review reaction has sadly not been great.
The film centers around three people - young American film buff Murphy (Karl Glusman), brunette French artist and free spirit Electra (Aomi Muyock) with whom he has had a passionate romance, and his neighbour Omi (Klara Kristin) the blond woman he cheated with and got pregnant. The structure is carved up and jumps through different points in time over a two year span. »
- Garth Franklin
Scorpio Becomes Electra: Noé’s Sex Scenes from a Marriage
The last time we were caught in provocateur Gaspar Noé’s crosshairs it was back in 2009 with Enter the Void, which ended on an orgasmic crescendo by literally fucking the audience. He’s back with more of that kind of sex stuff with Love, a memory poem as sexual odyssey/obsession told via the nostalgia of its tortured protagonist. Sexually explicit, but not necessarily distasteful, Noé is simply showing the general mechanics of people having sex. The rest of the narrative, seeking to explore the undoing of a passionate, youthful relationship, is nothing new as it explores the mundane inevitability of monogamy and how solving such an issue in a union based mostly on sexual attraction proves to be difficult. For those not titillated by a generous helping of spurting fluids and erect penises (including another vagina-cam shot), it’s »
- Nicholas Bell
Quick, try to describe Irreversible and Enter the Void writer-director Gaspar Noé without relying on the words “controversial,” “provocateur,” “bad boy” (or, more Gallically put, “enfant terrible“) or “transgressive.” Noé’s latest potential scandal-maker, Love — hotly anticipated after smutty publicity materials teased it as a 3D art-house porno, complete with semen-sticky title treatment — was surprisingly softer and less shocking than anyone expected from last night’s midnight premiere. It’s also callow, shallow and numbingly insipid, despite its explicit mélange of blowjobs, threesomes and orgies. (Seriously, how does one make hardcore fucking more vanilla than Fifty Shades of Grey?) In a two-hour-plus scrapbook of flashbacks and time jumps forward, a […] »
- Aaron Hillis
Stars of Gaspar Noé's Love, Aomi Muyock and Klara Kristin in Cannes. Photo: Richard Mowe Gaspar Noé is no stranger to controversy - and neither is Cannes Film Festival. Surrounded by hardcore hype, Noé who made Irreversible, with Monica Bellucci in an extended rape scene, as well as Enter The Void, now offers Love - in graphic 3D.
He has been talking for years about making a porn film that is also romantic and embraces sexuality in all its myriad guises and this would appear to be it.
It premiered at a packed midnight screening last night in the Grand Theatre Lumière and was unveiled to the media earlier today (May 21) to a mixture of boos and mild appreciation from some quarters.
- Richard Mowe
"Gaspar Noé may be the only director in history who could make a two-and-a-quarter-hours-long pornographic film in 3D and then have it legitimately described as his least offensive picture to date," begins Robbie Collin, reviewing Love for the Telegraph. "Unlike his previous three features, I Stand Alone, Irreversible and Enter the Void, which stupefied the viewer with shocks, here the aim is to suck shock out of the moving image like venom from a snakebite. Love is interested in showing us one of the last movie-world taboos, real sex, over and over again, until watching it feels like the most natural thing in the world." We've got more reviews and a clip. » - David Hudson »
[This review contains descriptions of graphic sexual acts.] Cannes — The first shot of Gaspar Noé’s new drama “Love” lets you know exactly what you’ve gotten yourself into. Murphy (Karl Glusman) and Electra (Aomi Muyock) are naked on a bed. She is giving him a hand job while he fingers her. The camera does not move. There is no cut to another shot. There is no music. And then, in what will be a common occurrence, Murphy ejaculates in Electra’s hand. Noé has given you ample warning of what’s ahead. This film will not simulate sex. The intercourse will be real and it will dominate the proceedings. After this initial scene the film jumps two years later and the actual narrative begins. Murphy, an American film student living in Paris, awakens in bed with his current companion, Omi (Klara Kristin). Their young son is crying and Murphy goes to try and calm him down. A »
- Gregory Ellwood
Gaspar Noé, the provocative filmmaker behind Irreversible and Enter the Void, premiered his latest picture Love at the Cannes Film Festival last night - but critics haven't been totally on-board for his hardcore 3D sex odyssey.
Initial reviews have delved into the film's specifics in eye-opening details (basically, graphic sex mixed with a lot of navel gazing); however this taboo-shattering film isn't as shocking as initially expected. Read on for a round-up of reviews and reaction from social media...
The Telegraph - Robbie Collin
"The problem with Love isn't its purpose, which I find wholly laudable, nor the sex itself, which is beautiful and also - to use a taboo critical term - sexy. It's that both these things deserved a far richer and more intelligent film to support them. Catherine Breillat's Romance and Bertrand Bonello's The Pornographer both gnawed at the boundaries of taboo, but as you watched them, »
The cast holds nothing back in Gaspar Noe’s “Love,” but it’s the ever-provocative writer-director who exposes the most in his sexually explicit, semi-autobiographical Cannes scandal-in-the-making, a courageously personal account of an aspiring filmmaker torn between the mother of his child and the one that got away. The helmer of such transgressive pics as “Irreversible” and “Enter the Void,” Noe resolved to make a relationship movie that was honest about human sexuality, and though the stereoscopic 3D result thrusts plenty of the old bump-and-grind in audiences’ faces, it would be disingenuous to pretend that other directors haven’t gotten there first — and to more revealing effect. Still, you’ve gotta hand it to Noe for leaving no taboo unturned, and for putting so much of himself into a film that’s bound to leave titillation seekers resenting its creator during the long stretches of wallowing introspection between climaxes.
- Peter Debruge
If you cut out all the sex scenes in Gaspar Noe's Love, what's left is a wistful, some might say sappy story about heartbreak, made with impressive cinematic elan but somewhat shallow emotional depth, for all its tragic posturing. Like Noe's previous effort, Irreversible, it tells its story out of chronological order, but if a hypothetical editor were to shuffle the scenes around, you could easily get a straight-up boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-pairs-up-with-a-second-girl-he-doesn't much-love-and-feels-sad-about-losing-the-first-girl narrative arc. (The characters are
- Leslie Felperin
“Love,” one of the most buzzed-about selections at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, premiered on Wednesday night as part of this year’s midnight section. Gaspar Noe’s relationship drama, which just as easily could have been called “Lust,” made headlines before it screened because of its explicit sex scenes.
The Cannes audience got an eyeful, and not just because the film was shot in 3D. “Love” pushes the envelope even further than Lar von Trier’s unrated “Nymphomaniac,” and makes “Fifty Shades of Grey” look like “Pillow Talk.”
The movie from Argentinian director Noe (“Irreversible”) features real sex (or what appears to be actual sex) with full frontal nudity — there are many close-up shots of genitalia — oral sex, intercourse and ejaculation. An orgy scene toward the end of the film is reminiscent of “Eyes Wide Shut,” only the actors are nude and aroused.
There’s also two threesome »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Gaspar Noé is that rare director whose movies you can see from space. The lurid and dazzling colors, the howling dervish of his camera and the intensely trippy psychosexual themes all form a connective tissue that binds his three films thus far: "I Stand Alone" (1998), "Irreversible" (2002) and "Enter the Void" (2009). Anyone who's seen "Irreversible," the sicko auteur's time-bending rape revenge opera, knows you can't un-see it. This week, Cannes audiences will finally be treated to his 3D sex opus "Love," a three-hour melodrama about the sexual awakening of a boy, a girl and another girl. "Love" marks the Argentine-born French filmmaker's first film since "Enter the Void," Noé's candy-colored free-fall into the unconscious of a dead drug dealer as his soul floats high above the twinkling Tokyo vista. As an exasperating assault on the senses as any of his films, "Enter the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Ahead of its Cannes premiere, the first brief clip from Gaspar Noe’s (Irreversible, Enter the Void) latest sure-to-be-controversial offering Love has arrived online, and we have it for you below after the official synopsis..
“In Love, Murphy wakes up next to his young wife and 2-year-old child. He listens to his voicemail: Electra’s mother, sick with worry, wants to know whether he has heard from her daughter. Electra’s been missing for a long time. She’s afraid something really bad has happened to her. Over the course of a long rainy day, Murphy finds himself alone in his apartment, reminiscing about the greatest love affair of his life, his two years with Electra. A burning passion full of promises, games, excesses and mistakes…”
Love has secured U.S. distribution courtesy of Alchemy, but as yet there’s no word on a release date.
- Gary Collinson
Alchemy has confirmed yesterday’s news that it acquired U.S. rights to Gaspar Noé's latest, Love. The sexual melodrama has a Midnight Screening berth here in Cannes on Wednesday. In 3D, it stars Karl Glusman, Aomi Muyock and Klara Kristin. Noé is best known to worldwide audiences for 2002's controversial Irreversible; he was last in Cannes in 2012 with Un Certain Regard omnibus 7 Days In Havana. Love's story follows a man over the course of a long rainy day as he… »
This year's Cannes Film Festival kicks off tonight, with big blockbusters and art house offerings sitting side-by-side. Digital Spy runs down the 11 most exciting films that will be screening in the south of France over the next two weeks.
George Miller's eagerly-awaited return to the world of Mad Max is already drawing rave reviews thanks to its explosive action sequences and intense turns from Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. For us mere mortals outside of Cannes, there won't be long to wait to see it - Fury Road hits cinemas on Friday!
On paper Woody Allen and Joaquin Phoenix may not seem like a natural fit, but with the latter playing a "tormented philosophy professor" who romances Emma Stone, this has us very intrigued. Allen's last film was the brilliant Blue Jasmine, suggesting that he's rediscovered his mojo. »
Ahead of its Cannes premiere, a new poster has been released for director Gaspar Noe’s (Irreversible, Enter the Void) latest offering Love; it’s a bit on the naughty side, but in no was as Nsfw as the last one…
Love occurs beyond Good and Evil. Love is a genetic need. Love is an altered state of consciousness. Love is a hard drug. Love is a mental disease. Love is a game of power. Love is to surpass one’s self. Love is a blinding light. Love is sperm, fluids and tears. Love is an arousing sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl and Another Girl.
- Gary Collinson
A version of this story first appeared in the May 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Leave it to enfant terrible director Gaspar Noe (Irreversible) to shock even before his latest film — a 3D pornographic odyssey called Love — premieres in a midnight screening at Cannes. A hardcore teaser poster was tweeted April 24 by producer Vincent Maraval (Blue Is the Warmest Color) featuring a male organ after climaxing, clutched in a nude woman's hand. (The tagline? "Coming soon.") Maraval tells The Hollywood Reporter that the jaw-dropping image does not
- Seth Abramovitch
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