“Knife+Heart” and “Sorry Angel”Share
Exploring young romance in Love Songs, passion in Man at Bath, and sorrow in The Beautiful Person, Christophe Honoré focuses on intergenerational love in his latest film which feels like a sad dream. Described by Honoré as “a film about first love and last love—not the film of an impossible love but of an impossible life,” Sorry Angel is set in 1990s Paris and follows the romance between Jacques, a writer pushing 40, and Arthur, a student aspiring to become a filmmaker. The film stars Pierre Deladonchamps, who had starred in Stranger by the Lake.
The aesthetics of 1970s, passionate love affairs, obsessed murderers, and a classy eroticism surrounding serial murders akin to slasher films... If Brian de Palma had filmed Cruising, or Bruce LaBruce had shot Profondo Rosso, it would have probably felt and seemed like Knife+Heart which premiered at Cannes where it vied for the Palm d’Or. In Yann Gonzalez’s Knife+Heart, Vanessa Paradis presents one of her most memorable performances as erotic film director Anne, who tracks down the serial killer who has been murdering her actors. Knife+Heart might become the next queer classic.