Murphy (Karl Glusman), an American living in Paris, wakes up on New Year's Day to a frantic phone call. His ex-girlfriend, Electra (Aomi Muyock), has been missing for months and her mother fears the worst. This brings back the memories he has of his relationship with her and their exploration of sex together as well as with others.
- Love review by Alphaville
Laboured, boring anti-cinema, stolidly edited and grimly acted. Head shots of couple conversing incessantly interspersed with graphic sex scenes that must be amongst the most unerotic and off-putting ever filmed.
Director Gaspar Noé should be confined to making porn for his own satisfaction. He can’t make feature films.
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I usually have time for Gaspar Noe...
- Love review by MN
but I couldn't finish this one. I wanted to check it out for myself despite the bad reviews but I found that I agreed with the majority of criticisms. The script and performances (particularly by the lead actor) are absolutely woeful, and the sex scenes themselves feel very disconnected and odd. It's very similar to Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs and fails in all of the same ways, but at least it had the distraction of a good bit of music now and then!
Make no mistake this is pornography. It has all the hallmarks; explicite sex, no story, poor acting. Add to that a complete absence of empathy or sympathy for any of the characters and it added up to a waste of 90 minutes. The film is actually a very, very long 2 hours, but I couldn't bare it any longer than that.