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Knife + Heart

France | Mexico , French, 110 mins

Original Title

Un couteau dans le coeur
  • Director: Yann Gonzalez
  • Writer: Yann Gonzalez; Cristiano Mangione
  • Producer: Charles Gillibert

CGiii Comment

Nothing quite like mixing up the genres to get the critics sizzling and scribbling...

Yann Gonzalez has thrown just about everything at the screen...and, depending on your taste and/or sense-of-humour...and, with a very large pinch of salt...most of it sticks! You are either going to love or loathe this film. We loved it!

If ever Hammer House of Horror, the House of Giallo and the Carry On team teamed up...then, Knife+Heart is what could have been produced. Well, Mr Gonzalez has done the improbable. With a(n) unique vision and the frequent nods to many a fine flick...this is a camp and twisted, dark and chaotic, [soft-ish] porn-infused melange of style and substance.

Vanessa Paradis holds it all together with her portayal of an alcoholic, recently dumped, broken-hearted, lesbian-gay-porn-director...fighting, tooth-and-nail, many a battle...against the bottle, for her lost love, her dissolving business...and, against the madly bewigged, masked murderer who is murdering all of her cast!

At no point can any of this be taken seriously...though, thankfully, nothing is played for a cheap laugh...and that's what makes it screamingly funny. With a fluffer known as the Mouth [of Gold]...who could take this seriously!?! What a job!!!

The story does go off-the-rails in places - but, finds its way back...and - dare we say it - it could have been a little more explicit, all the porn scenes were very vanilla - perhaps, Mr Gonzalez is holding out for the Director's Cut!

For horror aficionados, it has all the required ingredients. There's blood [lots of it], gay sex [lots of it], alcohol [lots of it], murders galore...and, a deadly dildo! What's not to like?!?

Total escapism...bizarre and borderline brilliant - depending on your taste and/or sense-of-humour!


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

Anne, a famous gay porn producer, finds herself trapped within her inner violence, alcoholism and despair, after Loïs, the love of her life and editor of all her films, has left her. Anne attempts to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film, only to find herself caught in a trap where a ruthless masked serial killer mysteriously murders all of her actors.

Cast & Characters

Vanessa Paradis as Anne;
Kate Moran as Loïs;
Nicolas Maury as Archibald;
Noé Hernández as José;
Pierre Emö as Valentin;
Thibault Servière as Misia;
Pierre Pirol as Bouche d'or;
Naëlle Dariya as Farida;
Salim Torki as Moktar;
Jeremy Flaum as Otage

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