Knife + Heart
Knife + Heart

Knife + Heart

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Midnight Movie

Knife + Heart

Directed by: Yann Gonzalez

France, 2018, 105m

French

Dildo knives. Leatherface masks. Unabashedly queer and affectionately comedic. It’s Giallo meets DePalma in this French crime thriller that follows Anne Parèze (Vanessa Paradis) as an aspiring gay porn auteur who does her own investigation of a string of murders in her industry in 1979 Paris. Former lovers, Anne and Lois run a male adult film studio. Lois edits in a dimly lit editing bay while Anne brashly directs a misfit troupe of actors through silly sex, melodramatic storylines, and the occasional tender moment. Things start to get terrifying for this odd assembly of misfits when a leather-clad stranger starts brutally stabbing actors one by painful one.  As Anne tries to win Lois back, she and the actors become amateur detectives in the face of the failed police investigation. Acclaimed director Yann Gonzalez (a 3-time Cannes Film Festival veteran) brings us cuts, slices, ‘70s film grain, and gay sex that is equal parts kinky and kitsch—all wrapped up with a dreamy soundtrack by electro-dream pop band M83. Custom made for a midnight audience, Knife + Heart is nothing less than a guilty pleasure of both film and flesh.

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