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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #8. Gaspar Noé’s Love

Love

Director: Gaspar Noé // Writer: Gaspar Noé

The most controversial director in our top ten list has to be Argentinean director Gaspar Noé, who has made an infamous name for himself with a trio of French titles, beginning with 1998’s I Stand Alone, which starred a grizzled Philippe Nahon (who many should recognize for an equally unsettling role in Aja’s 2003 film High Tension) as a butcher spiraling into a violent rampage. But it was Noe’s 2002 title, Irreversible, which still makes entries on many lists documenting the most shocking or disturbing films ever made, thanks mostly to a nine minute rape scene featuring Monica Bellucci. And if we thought he couldn’t outdo himself there, Noe managed to do so with controversial Enter the Void (2009), in which the soul of a drug dealer is our guide through the underbelly of Tokyo, starring Paz de la Huerta in a terribly underrated performance. Taking several years between features, aficionados of Noe’s visionary, uncomfortable cinema can rejoice once again as his next project, Love promises to push more boundaries and we imagine will be nothing like Haneke’s Palme d’Or winning 2012 title that shares the same name. Set in Paris and starring a cast of unknowns, Noe has set out to tell a very erotic love story from a very sexual point of view. Described as a melodrama that celebrates sex in a joyous way, we can’t wait to see Noe’s liberated perspective.

Cast: Not available.

Production Co.: Wild Bunch, La Petite Reine, RT Features

U.S. Distributor: Rights available.

Release Date: Noe’s last two films screened in the main competition, with Enter the Void making controversial waves and screened as a ‘work-in-progress.’ Filming was rumored to have started earlier this year, most likely with much of his non-professionals improvising their scenarios, and this seems more of a low key affair for Noe, who we’re assuming will unveil at Cannes, though it’s explicit nature could very well spin him into a sidebar.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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