Rent Vortex (2021)

3.5 of 5 from 103 ratings
2h 20min
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Synopsis:
A tender and undeniably powerful exploration of loneliness and love, 'Vortex' focuses on an elderly couple (played by Frangoise Lebrun and Dario Argento) who spend their days in a Paris apartment. Both love and care for each other, but are grappling with the early stages of dementia. We follow the couple as they go about their daily routines both together and alone. As everyday tasks become more challenging, forgetfulness shifts to something more troubling and their son (Alex Lutz) struggles to care for them as they enter a vortex of mental and physical degeneration.
Compelling and moving in equal measure, this is a departure for Gaspar Noe - but in terms of scope and ambition, it is one of his finest works to date.
Actors:
, , , Kylian Dheret, Vuk Brankovic, Kamel Benchemekh, , Frank Villeneuve, Corinne Bruand, Joël Clabault, Philippe Rouyer, , Eric Fourneuf, Nicolas Hirgair, Nathalie Roubaud, Sylvain Rottee, , Laurent Aknin, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval, Edouard Weil
Writers:
Gaspar Noé
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
France
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
140 minutes
Languages:
English, French
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/09/2022
Run Time:
142 minutes
Languages:
French Dolby Digital 2.0, French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (1) of Vortex

Interesting Look At Dementia - Vortex review by GI

Spoiler Alert
20/03/2023

Director Gaspar Noé, usually a filmmaker who pushes boundaries, has here made a restrained film about dementia although there is something pitiless in his depiction of an old couple struggling to cope. Coé uses a split screen technique throughout the film to highlight the separation that the two protagonists experience as the wife (Françoise Lebrun) becomes more affected by her growing dementia. The struggles her husband (Dario Argento) has in coping as she wanders off or leaves the gas on and at one point destroys his notes for a book on which he is working highlight the frustration that close loved ones often face. There's a grimness to the presentation of the overly cluttered apartment that the two seem to aimlessly drift through in their day to day existence and Noé creates, at times, some striking imagery especially in the juxtaposition of the two screen images. Similarities with Amour (2012) and The Father (2020) are inevitable and, for me at least, those are better films that deal with the issue of dementia as this film seems at times to be unsympathetic or almost cruel in the way it is treated. This was exemplified in the depiction of the couple's inept drug addict son (Alex Lutz). But the film is not without its merits and although I found it a little too long it's worth checking out.

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