Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Movie review: Love

Murphy may be living in Paris with his wife and child, but it is the intense sexual relationship he used to have with Electra that occupies his mind.

Aomi Muyock (Electra), Karl Glusman (Murphy), Klara Kristin (Omi), Ugo Fox (Gaspar), Juan Saavedra (Julio), Gaspar Noe (Noe), Isabelle Nicou (Nora), Benoit Debie (Yuyo).

Love begins by jumping straight to the sexual aspect of the film in a scene with Murphy and Electra. The story that evolves is a reliving of Murphy's relationship with Electra contrasted against his current life. Along the way his relationship with Omi begins and the film finally wraps up by showing us Murphy's real life and memories are completely intertwined.

Although the film sounds like it has a good plot, it really doesn't. The film smacks of a guy regretting the choices he made, wishing he could re-live sexual adventures, and electing to tell his story as soft-core pornography. The result was an excruciatingly slow moving film that lacked a plot with depth and was only interesting as long as the intimacy lasted.

Acting was dry and surprisingly emotionally detached for a film that was supposed to be about love and emotion. Glusman, despite attempts otherwise, came across simply as a guy wanting to sleep with women which actually detracted from the film. Muyock was mildly better with some decent bursts of emotion. Kristin, and much of the rest of the cast, felt like they had no emotional energy for the film.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were decent if somewhat mild. Intimate scenes were good with just enough detail they felt erotic without being raunchy. Dialogue was almost pointless through much of the film which is good, because it wasn't. Sound and soundtrack were okay.

As a film about romance, this one almost completely fails. As soft-core pornography it isn't bad. View accordingly. And if you are not okay with nudity, sexuality, or genitalia you may want to pass on this one.

With plenty of graphic sexuality, nudity, mild violence, and foul language, save this one for adults and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 9.12.16
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Romance, Drama, Independent Drama, Foreign Romance, Steamy

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