Though made first, "Irreversible" spawned from "Love". Had Bellucci and Cassel, real-life couple at the time, agreed to perform it, "Love" might have more fully realized Noé's vision. Their refusal underscores the elusiveness of Noé's prey: true, bare intimacy. The younger cast, attractive as they are, can only emote juvenile confessionals like, "I love you, [...] you selfish c*nt". Sex got on film, not love.
An atmospheric tale about the life of a love. Like Enter the Void there were times when I felt the film was fantastic, and other times were i found my mind trailing off. Watched it in French first and thought it was great, and only noticed after that the English performances were really off. Great at providing moments, and I suppose applaudable in its way for the frankness of its depiction? Pornographic love.
Murphy is such a dickhead and his relationship with Electra is very toxic. They blindly 'love' each other. In addition, neither of them feel that their relationship make them grow into a better version of themselves. I also found how Murphy & Electra fell into each other very quickly is rather disturbing; it's irrational and creepy. If Gaspar Noe's definition of love is tons of sex, then I have to disagree.
Raw and uninhibited exploration of love and sex and the psychological ramifications of both. The cinematography is top notch, the mood and atmosphere are incredible and the overall experience is unforgettable. It may not be as transformative and transcendent as "Enter the Void" but upon a second viewing it became clear to me that it is one of the best movies ever made, easily.