By MCN Editor

Unapologetic Stuff: A Review Of KNIFE + HEART

KNIFEHEART“Knife + Heart” (Un couteau dans le coeur) has all kinds of stuff. It’s a tumultuous original, dragging worlds of cinema sensation that came before screaming and punching behind it. Begin with “Phantom of the Paradise,” stir in “Peeping Tom,” and “Body Double”; don’t stop at “Poison” or “Cruising” and “Blow Out.” Sex and art commingle in a story reportedly based on fact, and there are no apologies. Vanessa Paradis plays a director of gay pornography in 1979 Paris, fixed on her resistant editor, surrounded by murder after murder of those she knows. Film editing and film projection are among the fetish objects in this 16mm and 35mm-shot visual cornucopia; a contemporary who is as keen a fondler of kino-apparatus and fraught sensation would be Peter Strickland, of “Berberian Sound Studio” and “The Duke of Burgundy.” But where Strickland is a cool-tempered pasticheur of fetish-fragrant texture and light, Yann Gonzalez is a gleefully grandiloquent giallo-style gut-slicer. Porn, sex, murder ensue. [Read more.]

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“Dude, I don’t like the way you talk, bro. How can you tell me that it’s going to be hard? Do you see a lot of people like you writing stories? Give me a break, bro. That’s your strength, that you’re not like us. Go out there and tell your stories. Don’t go out there and try to be like Quentin or me or anybody else. We need you. Tell me what makes you angry, why you’re arrogant, or fearful, whatever it is. Don’t hide anything. Be honest. What is that thing that bothers you and makes you distinct? Everyone’s looking for you. A Mexican point-of-view to tell a story right now? I’m telling you, everybody wants that right now. I desperately need you to tell your story in your way. You are essential.”
~ M. Night Shyamalan

“My films are always brought to life from an idea, a coincidence, or a dreamlike magic. An ephemeral moment that settles in my mind and starts to bloom. The plot slowly appears before my eyes, and there’s nothing left but to write it. I actually do use a mood board. And location scouting is essential to the realization of the film. I’m inspired by architecture — the beauty of certain neighborhoods, the mystery in odd buildings, or streets that suggest psychoanalytic theories. I only choose my actors after I write the script.”
~ Dario Argento