Director: Gaspar Noé
Writer: Gaspar Noé
Cast: Karl Glusman, Aomi Muyock, Klara Kristin
Seen on: 15.1.2016
Murphy (Karl Glusman) lives with Omi (Klara Kristin) and their child. Their relationship is tense and it grows even more so when Murphy receives a call whether he has seen Elektra (Aomi Muyock). Murphy hasn’t seen her in years, but the call makes him relive their passionate and destructive relationship filled with sex – a relationship that was also the start of his relationship with Omi when Elektra and he decided to have a threesome with her.
If you ever wanted to see a penis ejaculate into a camera in 3D, Love is your kind of film. Unfortunately over all the sex and all the 3D, it forgets that likeable or interesting characters are a rather important part of a movie, so it doesn’t really feature any.
Murphy is an aspiring filmmaker and in a rant in the middle of the film, he says that he really wants to make a film that doesn’t gloss over or cut away from the sex part of relationships, that he would like to make a love story where people actually fuck. This is rather obviously a mission statement from Noé for Love itself. And he has made a film about a relationship that features actual fucking, but it is very far from a love story. Instead both Murphy and Elektra are extremely selfish characters who confuse possessiveness and codependence with love. And Omi is the one who has to live with it in the end – pulled into their relationship at 16 (or was ist 17?) years old, Murphy gets her pregnant and then she is stuck with a selfish asshole who is constantly thinking about another woman and absolutely hates her.
But the film doesn’t care about Omi. All it is interested in is Murphy and Elektra, and Elektra is the classic mysterious, unreliable femme fatale. She never really grows out of her own tropiness. Then again, neither does Murphy who is your typical film student character, talking a big game about being so much more profound and special than all the other people in the world, but we never actually see him creating a single minute of film.
So a big part of the film is two unlikeable assholes tearing each other apart, and the other major part of the film is fucking. The sex scenes are nicely shot for the most part, though it did weird me out that they mostly end with Murphy ejaculating. We see him come four times, I think, but we never see a woman orgasm on screen (except maybe once, but that isn’t clear at all). At first I thought it would by a symbolic thing – that only when Murphy manages to care about the satisfaction of his partner will he learn to really love – but after a while I realized that the film just doesn’t have any character development at all.
Since I didn’t really like any of the characters, the acting wasn’t great and the sex just got repetitive, I was pretty much bored throughout the entire film (that doesn’t even have the decency to be short). I am honestly surprised I didn’t fall asleep. But that’s about the best thing I can say about the film.