"His life lies on your desire now". Theatrical and poetic, this orgy film represents to me a very-very-french-cinema - it's as sexy as it is blasé. Beautiful photography work on this tale of desire and love. I'm really fond of Gonzale's aesthetics and oniric screen presence. As the stud would say: "It doesn't matter if it's true, it's their story". Empty hearts salvation and pure poetic magnetism.
Filled with stylistic detours & stabs at prurient profundity, yet so utterly committed to its strange emotional logic that nothing feels out of place. Gonzalez frames the orgy as a meeting place for lost souls, each one seeking a different kind of happy ending.
It started boring, but interesting enough. But it got more and more involving, but not exactly great. I love Yann Gonzalez aesthetic and super theatrical acting (lots and lots and lots of half empty mologues) and, aside from some dull moments, he really makes it work. Not for everyone and then some, but I quite enjoyed it.
Although I expected to find it irritating (the Cocteau like staginess, the hushed whispering, the Ruizian games except without his Modern unsentimentality, the commonplaces of sex & death & the very au courant prosodizing about the (death of the) cinema), I was very moved by it in the end (the actors' conviction, the director's commitment to his own odd vision, the haunting depiction of need & human incompleteness).
'Les rencontres d'après minuit' raconte la soirée échangiste de plusieurs personnages archétypaux dans un appartement aux allures futuristes qui, en réalité, ne démarre vraiment jamais; c'est un prétexte à se confier à des inconnus. Ce film est cru par moment et doux à d'autres. Ce dont je me rappelle le plus ce sont les cadres bien composés, les couleurs et l'ambiance... sans oublier le jeu de certains acteurs. 3/5
I went to see The German Doctor and ended watching this instead (the movie theatre clerk must have misheard me). I don't know if I would have seen this film otherwise. Anyway I liked its strange atmosphere, peculiar dark/perverted aestheticism, lovely Kate Moran and M83 soundtrack.