If anything can go wrong, it will.
It’s states Murphy‘s first law, also the name of the young protagonist of Love, one of the most controversial films of recent times that Gaspar Noé, the director, described with three simple words: “semen, blood and tears”, an auteur porn.
Let’s say straight away, it’s not an easy film to watch, it had a complicated story from the beginning, ending up in the sights of the Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky who, after the passage to the Moscow Film Festival and other film events, prevented its theatrical release by entering the government’s “blacklist”. It didn’t have any luck in Italy either, so much so that it wasn’t presented in the cinema, but fortunately now if you’d like to see it, it’s available in streaming or in the Netflix catalogue.
The seemingly simple story takes place in a crystallized time of half a day, in which Murphy does nothing but moves between the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom of his house, immersed in the thoughts of his head. Together with him we retrace pieces of his past stuck in anxieties of the present and questions of a future for which he does not want to take responsibility.
He is a young American boy who moved to Paris to become a director and to accompany him in these 2h and 15 minutes are Electra, his current girlfriend and Omi, the neighbor. Between the guys there is a harmony that goes beyond mere pleasure; together they will overcome every limit, translating their most intimate fantasies into reality and stripping themselves of all barriers.
They’re easy and they want to love, in their way.
As a result, the story can only be presented in the form of stylistic excess, with contrasting colour, strong play of light and 3D images that make the scenes have a strong impact.
Also this time colours play an important role, distinguishing in some scenes the personalities of the boys: apple green, harmless and light for Omi and violent and intrusive purple red for Electra.
The film’s images communicate with the same intensity as Marat Safin, a self-taught Russian photographer who placed women at the center of her projects. Women alone, women in the house, in the kitchen or lying on the bed, women immersed in nature, looking in the car or immortalized in spontaneous poses. The warm light from which they are enveloped creates an atmosphere so intimate and familiar that we become involved.
Did you know that: During the film’s press conference at the Cannes Film Festival, Gaspar Noé said the screenplay was originally seven pages long.
Director: Gaspar Noé
Director of photography: Benoît Debie
Writer: Gaspar Noé
Guest: Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin