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Knife+Heart (2018)

Un couteau dans le coeur (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Romance | 15 March 2019 (USA)
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Paris, summer 1979. Anne is a producer of cheap gay porn. When Lois, her editor and companion, leaves her, she attempts to get her back by making a more ambitious film with the flamboyant Archibald.

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Yann Gonzalez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Paradis ... Anne Parèze
Nicolas Maury ... Archibald Langevin
Kate Moran ... Loïs McKenna
Jonathan Genet ... Guy
Félix Maritaud ... Thierry
Khaled Alouach Khaled Alouach ... Nans / Fouad
Noé Hernández Noé Hernández ... José
Thibault Servière Thibault Servière ... Misia
Bertrand Mandico Bertrand Mandico ... François Tabou
Bastien Waultier Bastien Waultier ... Jean-Marie Duvernet, dit Karl
Romane Bohringer ... Cathy Vannier
Dourane Fall Dourane Fall ... Fabio
Jules Ritmanic Jules Ritmanic ... Rabah
Pierre Pirol ... Bouche d'or
Pierre Emö Pierre Emö ... Valentin
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Anne produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flamboyant sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside down. Written by Friends of Tinman

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France | Mexico | Switzerland

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French | Spanish

Release Date:

15 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,728, 17 March 2019

Gross USA:

$32,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$341,847
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The name Archibald Langevin, played by Nicolas Maury, refers to Benoît Archenoul who was the close collaborator of Anne-Marie Tensi and who directed many films produced by her. See more »

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Nans: The more you kill me, the more I love you
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A stylish yet astoundingly derivative dumpster fire
27 August 2019 | by moonmondaySee all my reviews

Cultural stereotypes abound in this test of patience from France, acted so broadly that it makes the Three Stooges look subtle. Vanessa Paradis is charming in her own way, but she can't carry this poorly-composed dumpster fire, even if it is beautifully-shot and has a gorgeous soundtrack from M83.

Make no mistake: this is a movie more about a failed lesbian love affair than it is anything else, and it's about as enjoyable as watching a series of hate crimes. Which is to say, not at all. It's unforgivably boring, and for a French film and a film dealing with gay pornography as a focus, it's also terrified of actually committing to the topic. There's barely any nudity to speak of, and certainly nothing surprising or even approaching shocking. If you're going to make a lurid horror film about a violent killer in the very sketchy territory of porn production -- especially gay porn -- you have to actually commit to it. Real giallo didn't exactly shy away from nudity or sex and, even if most of the movies weren't much count, they at least could keep an audience engaged with things happening, whether or not they led to a satisfying conclusion.

But speaking as a gay man and someone who has seen quite a lot of both French cinema and gay cinema (not to mention giallo), this was less than mediocre at best and incredibly offensive at worst. All in all, it's boring, and that's one of the worst things something supposed to entertain can be. Inane, pretentious, unhappy, unentertaining, unamusing, and incredibly superficial -- that's this movie. When it's at its lowest, it comes off as a homophobic parade of poorly-written and poorly-realized nonsense. When it's at its best, it relies on visuals and score...which makes the story pointless.

It's a shame, since the same director also did You And The Night, which was a fantastic film. You And The Night worked because it was a fantasy, with a tremendous magic to the thread of its story, and its at-times incoherent quality seemed dreamlike and engaging. It's a much better choice to watch than this turd, and it's also given a soundtrack by the brilliant M83. Watch it instead.


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