(I must have a thing for films that contrast extreme horror and extreme beauty) gaspar noé is... beyond words. you can't say that he's not a master of using sound and colors in the most perfect way... and his use of Beethoven's 7th symphony has haunted me for years and breaks my heart to this day. i get why people either hate him or love him, all he can do is create extreme emotions like a huge wave, haha
A masterful film that only improves with age. Though, it is a truly harrowing ordeal from start to finish - or would it be from finish to start? - it is worthwhile due to the beautiful, kinetic cinematography and meticulous editing highlighting the visceral performances. As we've come to expect from Noé, this is not for the faint of heart.
This is a traumatic film. But is offers a way to deal with it. Most of us (it was my case), when we went to see it, we were prepared for a horrible scene, much talked about. It's much more than that scene. Though it is central. The narrative is told in a incredible way. Going back in time, what we think about the characters, changes once again and again. And the trauma, we face it, and go back to when there was none.
"A kick in the gut" would be a complete understatement. Gaspar Noe is the next Goddard, and cinematographer Benoit Debie is amazing. You can see Debie's unique, inventive style in "Innocence", "Spring Breakers" and in this film, all of which are heavily influenced by his original technique: hallways, corridors, weird lighting.WARNING: Without a doubt, this film has the most brutal rape scene in the history of cinema.
Very strong movie, that can get a little confusing not only because the story is being told backwards but also because some scenes don't take off immediately where the ones before ended. Still, its a punch in your stomach, extremely violent and raw. The rape scene and the beating up in the club are still a little carved on my mind.
You have witnessed all this atrocity because humans are animals. Our instincts come out in our "weakest" moments. Something the capitalizing of our society and the civilizing of humans fails to repress.
Humanity does evolve, but it's animal instincts attest only of the strength and plenitude of their emotions.
I'd hate to throw words in the likes of 'brutal','transgressive' or 'unbearable' to describe this unforgettable experience. If anything, Noe wrote a poem. An hymn to love and the faith in humanity, and a letter of despair directly pointed at time and destiny.