Two years after breaking up with the love of his life, Murphy (Karl Glusman), an American filmmaker living in France, is contacted by his ex-girlfriend’s mother, looking for some clue as to her recent disappearance. Currently stuck in a relationship with the mother of his son, Omi (Klara Kristin), the phone call sets off remembrances of his ex, Electra (Aomi Muyock), and the love and lust they once shared.
Shot in 3-D, with graphic, un-simulated sex scenes throughout, Love is the latest film from professional boundary pusher Gaspar Noé, so the shock value should come as little surprise. What is a bigger revelation is the relative tameness of Noé’s latest; it’s a disappointingly thin, obvious and sometimes tedious relationship drama.
One gets the sense that Noé would like to use this film as a future calling card — something he can point to as referencing his entire modus operandi. But in order for the film to have an impact greater than that of a lecture, the characters and their plights need to be interesting.
None of the leads have much chemistry with each other, with Glusman making a particularly shoddy leading man. Even Electra’s substance abuse gets shunted to the side, until it absolutely has to be brought up. It’s all rather conventional, and from Noé, that’s a little disappointing.