Un couteau dans le coeur [Knife + Heart] (2018)

Un couteau dans le coeur
Director: Yann Gonzalez
Writer: Yann Gonzalez, Cristiano Mangione
Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Nicolas Maury, Kate Moran, Jonathan Genet, Félix Maritaud, Khaled Alouach, Elina Löwensohn
Part of: /slash Filmfestival 1/2
Seen on: 5.5.2019
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Plot:
Anne (Vanessa Paradis) produces gay porn together with her lover and editor Lois (Kate Moran). But Lois isn’t happy anymore with their life and she leaves Anne. Anne tries to win her back by making a new, ambitious movie with Archibald (Nicolas Maury) whom she has worked with a lot already. But a killer is making his way through the gay community and he kills two of Anne’s stars as well, drawing her into the investigation that becomes ever stranger.

Un couteau dans le coeur is a neo-giallo or at least a tribute to the old ones. I, personally, am not really a fan of giallos. Usually they just pass me right by. But I have to say that this film worked very well for me and left a very lasting impression.

The film poster showing drawings of the main characters and a bird in a collage.
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Yoga Hosers (2016)

Yoga Hosers
Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Kevin Smith
Cast: Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Adam BrodyHarley Morenstein, Ashley Greene, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, Justin LongTony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Genesis Rodriguez, Vanessa Paradis, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp, Stan Lee, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 1.10.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith) have always been best friends. Now they share a passion for yoga, a boring job in a convenience store and a band with which they hope to become famous. But first: get through high school and maybe find a hot boyfriend like Hunter (Austin Butler), Colleen M’s crush, and his best friend Gordon (Tyler Posey). When the two of them invite the Colleens to a party, they are overjoyed. But things go very differently than expected – in a sudden Nazis, evil plot and satanism kind of way. It’s up to the Colleens to save the world.

Yoga Hosers wasn’t perfect, but it was entertaining, sweet and funny. I enjoyed most of it – especially after the clusterfuck that was Tusk.

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Fading Gigolo (2013)

Fading Gigolo
Director: John Turturro
Writer: John Turturro
Cast: John Turturro, Woody AllenVanessa ParadisLiev Schreiber, Tonya Pinkins, Sharon Stone, Sofía Vergara
Part of: Vienna Jewish Film Festival

Plot:
Murray (Woody Allen) has to close his bookshop and is now looking at other forms of income. When his doctor (Sharon Stone) tells him about her sexual fantasies, Murray has the idea to pimp out his friend Fioravante (John Turturro), a quiet part-time florist. After initial hesitation, Fioravante agrees to the plan. But when Murray brings him the Jewish-orthdox, recently widowed Avigal (Vanessa Paradis) as a customer, sex is not what is required of Fioravante and soon, love is at stake.

Fading Gigolo wasn’t a bad film, though there was way too much smartmouthing Woody Allen for my taste, but it was definitely a film made for the guys and personally I’m just very tired of those films.

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L’arnacoeur [Heartbreaker] (2010)

L’arnacoeur is Pascal Chaumeil‘s first feature film, starring Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis, Julie Ferrier, François Damiens and Andrew Lincoln.

Plot:
Alex (Romain Duris) has a successful business, together with his sister Mélanie (Julie Ferrier) and her husband Marc (François Damiens): he gets hired by people to break couples up, but he only does so when the woman is unhappy – and by seducing her. When he gets hired to break up Juliette (Vanessa Paradis) and her fiancé Jonathan (Andrew Lincoln), he agrees to do it because of financial difficulties, even though Juliette seems perfectly happy. And it just might be that Alex has taken on more than he can handle.

Heartbreaker is shallow and predictable, but also very enjoyable and funny. It knows what it is – which is a sappy RomCom – but more importantly, it likes what it is and it’s well done.

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