Love

Love movie poster

Love poster

Gaspar Noé’s latest much talked-about provocation isn’t exactly what you might expect: it isn’t just a 2-hour skin flick; it is a beautiful film. There are no improbable stunts here, no plumber coming to fix some girl’s pipes. There are lots of sex – some real, some fake – graced by beautiful bodies and an elegant light. And, to be frank, in a day and age where nudity and sex are everywhere from the Web to acclaimed shows such as Game of Thrones, this movie shouldn’t really shock you … Bodies and intercourses are shown, realistically, uninhibited onscreen, but they are elevated to be as important as feelings as Love is, above all, a sentimental work.

The script is pretty succinct: A young man wakes up hungover on New Year’s Day, surrounded by a kid and a wife he maybe never loved. Feeling trapped by his family, he starts thinking about his lost love, the movie recounting this story through flashbacks, from the first encounter to wild nocturne escapades and visits to art galleries. They don’t know how to love and will end losing each other due to a lack of maturity.

Mr. Noé’s movie certainly suffers from poor dialogues while the actors lack charisma but cinema, like real life, isn’t just made of heroes and mythic figures. The filmmaker’s focus here isn’t substance – he already covered that in I Stand Alone – but rather the body or, I must say, the bodies. He wants to explore new filmmaking avenues, going even further than Irreversible and Enter the Void, approaching his oeuvre like an unashamed, almost punk crazy scientist.

Using 3D like a spoiled kid, the French director aims at glorifying bodies and sexual acts. While 3D effects don’t bring much here – contrary to works such as Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Wim Wenders’ Pina where their application was more relevant – they do provide some easy, “entertaining” moments including an ejaculation and some vaginal shot reminiscent of Enter the Void. Clearly, Mr. Noé didn’t really need 3D to maximize his use of space. For two hours, he focuses on precisely composing his images, placing bodies inside frames, whether it’s the actual screen frame, an apartment or the city’s streets’ boundaries. Mostly set in confined spaces where characters are shot from the waist up, Love invites you to share their intimacy, turning their coupling into choreographies thanks to a trendy soundtrack featuring the likes of Led Zeppelin and Death in Vegas. Love is almost like a 70’s space/rock opera, assuming its references – Stanly Kubrick’s 2001 –, its sense of freedom and an inclination for self-derision – the notorious filmmaker even plays a wig-wearing art gallery owner whose name is Noé while a kid is called Gaspar.

Avoiding the traps of vulgarity, Love strips spectators of their puritan inhibitions, while communicating pleasure, making it an exciting work.

Director: Gaspar Noé – Actors: Klara Kristin, Karl Glusman, Aomi Muyock – Running Time: 2:15  – Year: 2015 – Country: France
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Moland Fengkov

Moland Fengkov

Based in Paris, Moland is a journalist and photographer; He is more particularly responsible for covering the Cannes film festival for Plume Noire, writing movie reviews and taking gorgeous pictures.
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