Sunday, 23 May 2010
Gaspar Noe's brilliant revenge rape film starring Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci is brutal and uncompromising. The film told in reverse chronological order like Memento(only this blows Memento out of the water) is horrifically violent in parts,don't watch it if you don't have a strong stomach. Yet I couldn't take my eyes off some of the most shocking and uncomfortable scenes I've seen. This is an experience you wont forget, it completely destabilizes the viewer and forces you to engage on so many different levels. On a lighter note,the chemistry between real life husband and wife duo Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci is electrifying. I'd forgotten how sexy Cassel is and Bellucci is one gorgeous woman. The film also sticks a middle finger up at the neat, hollywood notions of happy endings.Sometimes there are no explanations for why things happen, sometimes there are no happy endings.Cassel stated "It shows us the animal inside us" which sums it up perfectly, the animal we all want to repress.