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Knife+Heart(Un couteau dans le cœur)

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France, Mexico, Switzerland
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2018

1h 43m

Director Yann Gonzalez
Starring Vanessa Paradis, Nicolas Maury, Kate Moran, Jonathan Genet
Genre Horror, Romance, Mystery
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Paris, Summer 1979. Anne produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Loïs leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down.

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The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

Knife + Heart sometimes feels as rough around the edges and inelegantly plotted as its pornos-within-the-movie, but maybe that’s just conceptual consistency.
80

The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

Knife hits you from its very first frame — and this is really a frame of celluloid and not a file of gigabytes — as a work engulfed in the pleasures of filmmaking's past.
83

The A.V. Club by Katie Rife

The gauzy cinematography also helps, as does the mise-en-scène, which poses Anne’s chosen family of proud perverts in studied tableaus reminiscent of the Renaissance masters. Only, you know, in a porno.
60

CineVue by Martyn Conterio

Gonzalez can be masterful in conjuring sexy imagery, febrile moods and erotic frissons, but his grip on the storytelling here is weak. Knife + Heart struggles to regain its initial momentum, falling flat until a lively climax.
40

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It really is strange, a film with what is actually a pretty good premise for a comedy, but with no interest in actually being a comedy and also no interest in being a thriller, or even that mysterious erotic parable that it seems to be claiming to be.
70

Variety by Peter Debruge

Gonzalez has mastered the art of creating atmosphere and tone, but not tension, and the movie feels meandering and slow at times, since audiences are not invested in anyone’s survival.

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