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Gaspar Noé’s 3D film LOVE is a story of loss, told in flashbacks that Murphy experiences when he learns that his ex-lover Electra has disappeared. There is lots of sex, tender, enthusiastic, desperate and angry sex, but LOVE is above all a film ...


Gaspar Noé’s LOVE was labeled as Cannes’ first arthouse porn and led to some disappointment, especially for Noé fans, who were hoping for heightened violent excess or any kind of “provocation” which is a Noé characteristic along with his stunning camera work. LOVE is less a provocation and more a logical step in Noé’s filmography. It begins with the same question that was asked in the beginning of IRRÉVERSIBLE and INTO THE VOID: how could it come to this?
A gentle handjob followed by Murphy getting woken up by the dissonant vibrations of his cell phone next to another woman. The call is from the mother of his ex-girlfriend Electra. Her daughter has been missing for two months. Murphy curses his life and the woman he is wasting it with while Noé’s floating camera feels out his tiny apartment. Murphy recollects the decisive moments that led him to lose his love Electra. “I’m a dick, and a dick has no brain, all a dick can do is fuck, and I fucked it all up.” LOVE is made up of flashbacks, some longer and some shorter, that gradually present their breakdown. Noé shows a lot of gentle, carefree, desperate, and angry sex to the tunes of some the best sleazy pop hits and classical music like Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain and Glen Gould’s “Goldberg Variations.” Some of the scenes are comically grotesque, like when a penis seems to ejaculate right out of the screen or when we see a vagina being pumped from the perspective of the cervix. It is astounding how well-behaved the sex is compared to the unrestrained drug use. Noé gives the sex scenes some emotional content: the pain and intoxication of memory as well as spatial and corporal intensity always observed from the vantage point of loss.

Tom Dorow

Translation: Elinor Lewy


Original title: Love
Frankreich/Belgien 2015, 134 min
Genre: Drama, Love-story
Director: Gaspar Noé
Author: Gaspar Noé
DOP: Benoît Debie
Montage: Gaspar Noé, Denis Bedlow
Distributor: Alamode Filmverleih
Cast: Karl Glusman, Aomi Muyock, Klara Kristin, Juan Saavedra, Vincent Maraval
FSK: 18
Release: 26.11.2015




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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