“Can you show me how tender you can be?”
It’s interesting that critics discussing French filmmaker Gaspar Noé‘s latest provocation “Love,” a daring sexual melodrama shot in 3D, always focus on all the sucking, fucking, three ways and stereoscopic money shots. It makes for good copy, and it’s certainly a big part of the film. But that’s really only half of a work which is also a melancholy meditation on past loves, is a little self-absorbed at times (Jessica Kiang breaks that down well in her review from Cannes) and which bespeaks genuine tenderness. It’s a hardcore movie, but in many ways it’s provacateur Noé’s most mature and possibly autobiographical film.
Here’s the full synopsis:
January the 1st, early morning. The telephone rings. 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…
A new trailer has arrived hosted by VICE, and it’s probably the tamest, safest trailer to date. “Love” stars Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin and opens in New York on October 30th before hitting additional markets and online November 6th. Watch the new trailer below