Being in France for a week gave us access to seeing Gaspar Noe's Love before it has a chance to hit the U.S..
|"I hope you brought the rubbers.|
Things are about to get ugly up in here."
Creator and visual genius Gaspar Noe delivers another sensory masterpiece with his latest release Love. Much like a harder edged, modern relationship driven, excess based version of Eyes Wide Shut, Noe is on point with a film that will stimulate your erotic nerve center while offering up a dark tale of one man's journey and struggle through love lost. While the film has been given notoriety for its non-simulated sex acts and notoriously graphic scenes of ejaculation, orgies, a stunningly shot three way, and some of the most beautifully rendered portraits of sexuality ever delivered on film, Noe actuates and never comprises in his ethereal vision of modern love gone awry. To his defense, some of the lower scored reviews fail to recognize the charismatic and realistic performances he draws from his actors here. Love is one of the best of 2015 and falls perfectly in line with his other divine works, Irreversible and Enter The Void.
Seeing this in the same place it was shot added an extra amount of realism to the picture. Walking the same streets as these characters brought a heightened sense of shared space and made the film seem all the more convincing. With little known actors that serve their roles extremely well and actresses that never hesitate to bare their emotions and their bodies, Love doesn't seems false or predicated by the pornography its been accused of. Instead, it feels ripe with human characteristics that you either sympathize with or feel no compassion for. The male lead Murphy is a repulsive sex addict that can't keep his man parts where they belong and the women he loves are beautiful flawed creatures that can't find their way. As usual, Noe paints a distinct and depressing portrait on his favorite canvas while creating a touch of mystery, sensually charged sensory overload, and color schemes highly reminiscent of his other films.
|"I hate bath time! It's hard to reach|
all those places!!!"
Once again, Noe goes against the grain, setting himself apart from the movie system that he wants nothing to do with. Love is not perfect. Love is not kind. Love can be confusing and heartbreaking. And Noe puts that all on film with a movie that doesn't let up even in its final moments. Leaving the cinema, you may still be questioning the acts you've seen and you'll definitely be considering the elements which lead up to the emotive and inventively heart wrenching conclusion. If anything, Love is something you should experience for yourself. Just remember to wear protection because Love can get downright dirty.
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