In the 70s, Vanessa Paradis' character is most funny and an ultimate iron woman of low cost gay porn. The supernatural scenes give this intriguing and bizarre story a breath of fresh air comparing to most of the films out there. There a kind of mystical aurea all over it. It even feels like the film itself tries to be one Z movie just like the ones that Anne does. Terrifyingly brilliant!
okay, i'm a sucker for yann gonzalez : : this is the way to film a giallo/slasher : : like a gift for horror fans, there's this exercise of imagination for every death scene - going more experimental through the queer theme : : one of the best post-2010 horror films - not afraid of going outrageously campy : : i prefer new authors that free themselves to play & create rather than those who hold & retain
Gorgeously shot on 35mm and 16mm by director Yann Gonzalez, "Knife + Heart" evokes a young Gregg Araki transported to giallo-era Italy to make a decidedly unpretentious erotic horror film. The dreamy, Cocteau Twins-channeling soundtrack by M83 is the perfect compliment to the neon-drenched visuals (though my favorite track, the one that plays over the credits, is actually "Love's Refrain" by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma).
El Giallo tiene como eje esa mezcla entre la sangre y una elaboración muy alta en la imagen. En este caso, Yann González alcanza un buen trabajo y combina 3 aspectos que lleva a buen nivel: el erotismo, una suerte de leyenda del pasado y un homenaje al cine de bajo presupuesto y sus salas. Es un deleite poder ver la mirada de un adulto joven acerca del pasado que quizás vivió en su declive.
LGBT giallo sex fantasy set during the making of gay cinema in the. 1970s. Great cinematography and music with men replacing the usual women in the distress from the classic genre but with a lot more graphic gay images than usual. I got through this by watching Vanessa Paradis playing the lesbian director. The culprit is obvious and the film only wins for it’s atmosphere and giallo lovers that miss the gay angle.
Late 70s gay Paris under the lens of love, mystery, suspense, and porn. Trivial yet ambitious, it succeeds on all levels, especially stylistically. Still, it's ridiculous, which I only hold against it after the extreme displeasure of having watched Gonzalez's short, Islands, afterward. Would that I had not. 3.5 stars
Beyond the camp, the hommage to porno's golden age, the influences of Cruisin' and giallo cinema, one can find in Knife + Heart a passionate case for the importance of the gay icon; one who makes people of all shapes and sizes dream the same dream in unison, such things that cannot be found outside the theatre. But these past desires, this lost innocence, cinema lets us rekindle with them only so we can let them go.
It may have an LGBTI slant, but Knife + Heart's aesthetics are pure giallo (or neo-giallo?), a slasher movie for the arthouse crowd. Vanessa Paradis is a venomous lead, a resentful, lovelorn and scowling porn producer hiding under a blonde wig. The film is loyal to the grainy look of 1970's cinema, with a smear of Eastman colour and a great retro soundtrack from M83. The giallo genre looks like it'll survive Argento.