Gaspar Noé’s Love (2015), a 3D Erotic Drama Featuring Actual Sex, Receives Standing Ovation at Cannes. The man who brought us the most infamous, cinematic rape scene in the now iconic Irreversible (2002) and deprived our senses of reality by dragging us through a perturbed, psychedelic mindscape in Enter The Void (2009), has just received a standing ovation at the Palais in Cannes.
Love‘s official synopsis: “A sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl and another girl. It’s a love story, which celebrates sex in a joyous way.” The expectations regarding an NC-17, Gaspar Noé, 3D sex film are encompassed by united arthouse cinema support and confrontational outcries from mass audiences. There will be a discussion. Not everyone will enjoy what’s coming at their 3D glasses.
Having spent the the past five years on short films and segments to assist fellow directors, Noé has been keeping a low profile. The turn-around for his latest, a 3D erotic drama called Love, comes as quite a surprise. No news on Noe for five years, then posters and a Cannes screening within a week or two. He seems to have been hard at work on his follow-up feature, and the reaction is entirely positive thus far.
According to Variety,
After “Love” ended at around 3 a.m., the audience peeled off their 3D glasses to deliver a thunderous standing ovation inside the Palais. “Love” will be distributed by Alchemy in the United States, and it’s a safe bet that the MPAA (if given the chance to rate it) would award the feature a hard NC-17. Even the movie’s posters are NSFW.
We’d love to see Noé’s latest sooner rather than later, and hope it receives at least a limited theatrical release this year.