It fell apart. It was a bit damaged goods from the start with this idea that porn would become that important or even that interesting. The utterly trivial details of the 3d porn somehow became important in this bizarro world. Part of the reason it disintegrated as a film had to do with the main protagonists being women, fighting each other, to support a world of male fantasy. The ending was just plain insulting.
Straightforward corporate espionage...builds up a lot of urgency but also becomes more and more (unnecessarily) incoherent as it goes on. Like every Assayas I've seen, it feels as if large portions of the film were removed and then replaced with random nonsense. There doesn't seem to be any point in doing this, so it ends up being frustrating to watch...
From intellectual property theft to cyberporn to snuff, this Assayas thriller really is fun for all the family! Morbid kidding aside, the director's cynicism regarding the state of society is by no means hyperbolic. The influence of 'Demonlover' can be seen in films like 'Elle'. An indispensable subject for post-modern film scholars.
D'une intrigue complexe et quelquefois nébuleuse, parsemée de bien des longueurs et de quelques facilités, il nous reste une certaine fascination dans la perfide chorégraphie des principaux personnages, sans cesse animés dans un mortel ballet pour un illusoire et fugace pouvoir... www.cinefiches.com
I keep coming back to demonlover. It's intoxicatingly beautiful but also portrays such a morally repellent world, with slick and alluring surfaces all facilitated by greedy and unsavory means. Absurd but captures a sort of hectic modernity that I found almost sublime. I think Assayas really accomplished something here, both emblematic and idiosyncratic, that will leave me forever dazzled, troubled and intrigued.
Trashy, but has some brilliance. The Sonic Youth soundtrack! The female leads are utterly beguiling, and the cinematography/production design in some of the boardrooms/aircraft interiors is done really well. The idea that manga porn can make major bank on the stock exchange is absurd but an amusing premise. Although ultimately schlocky, it does a good job of portraying spiraling desperation.