Knife + Heart (2018)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

Original Title: Un couteau dans le coeur

//, 2018. , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Screenplay by Yann Gonzalez, . Cinematography by . Produced by . Music by . Production Design by , . Costume Design by . Film Editing by .

is terrific as a director of gay male porn whose latest opus becomes the staging ground for a series of grisly murders. A man in a creepy black mask takes one of her stars to bed and stabs him to death with a knife he hides in a giant dildo, then does the same to his junkie co-star.

Paradis is already emotionally fragile thanks to having broken up with her girlfriend , who is also her editor, and her attempts to get her back are aggressive enough to almost mirror the actions taken by the mysterious killer. Love is as brutal as murder in Yann Gonzalez’s eccentric, visually arresting tribute to classic giallo films, set in 1979 but using a flavour of retro fashions that looks more like modern hipsters rocking a seventies vibe than any kind of authentic recreation of the period.

Eventually, the need to stop the killings sends our heroine to a mysterious forest in the French countryside where clues connect her to a fabled bird of legend and the more recent tragedy of two boys who died in a fire.

As with his previous effort, You And The Night, Gonzalez indulges in seamy subject matter without ever being actually graphic about it (at least not considering what a lot of French cinema gets up to these days), but he does create an atmosphere that makes your head dizzy with the delights of the film’s funky visuals and humorous erotic flair.

Cannes Film Festival: In Competition


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