Love 3D Review (2015)


Summary: Murphy (Karl Glusman) is ­an American filmmaker living in Paris. His life begins a new high when he starts a loving but sexually charged relationship with Electra (Aomi Muyock). Their relationship faces new challenges though when they decide to invite their beautiful neighbour, Omi (Klara Kristin), into their bedroom.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd October 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: 18th November 2015

Country: France, Belgium

Director: Gaspar Noe

Screenwriter: Gaspar Noe

Cast: Benoit Debie (Yuyo), Ugo Fox (Gaspar), Karl Glusman (Murphy), Klara Kristin (Omi), Vincent Maravel (Castel), Aomi Muyock (Electra), Isabelle Nicou (Nora), Aaron Pages (Noe), Deborah Revy (Paula), Stella Roach (Mami), Omaima S. (Victoire), Juan Saavedro (Julio), Xamira Zuloaga (Lucile)

Runtime: 135 mins

Classification: R




David Griffiths:

Love 3D is not an easy movie to review. There are some people out there that will be very quick to label the film as pure porn. However to do that is a pretty immature thing to do. To do that would be like a patron of an art gallery likening a classic nude painting to a $2 stick magazine available in your local newsagent. It is a slippery slope but for the sake of at the best way to objectively look at Love 3D is to judge it in the way that you would any other kind of cinema.

Having said that though Love 3D is not the kind of film that some audience members are going to warm to very quickly. The film sees director/screenwriter Gasper Noe take a very alternative stance (some might say abrasive) to his audience. The film is confrontational in the fact that it does consist of some pretty graphic sex scenes (some of which are non-simulated sex) but is obvious what Noe was attempting to do. He wanted to create a film that looked at a relationship in the most naturalistic style available and to do that he has decided to take a route that not many filmmakers would be brave enough to do.

The one thing that needs to be pointed out about Love 3D is that the sex scenes do not get in the way of the story… in fact they are the story. Noe has actually done a great job of making sure everything works and quickly reveals that Murphy and Electra are a sexually charged couple who are more than willing to experiment. With sex being the thing that this couple revolve around the most it only seems natural that the film would also revolve the same theme. Noe also makes a good point of making sure that the film doesn’t go over the top all the time and in what might be a complete surprise to many this is actually a film with a fairly decent script and characterisation as well.

Such is the way that these characters are set-up it is very possible that a lot of audience members will in fact be emotionally involved by some of storylines and themes explored throughout the film. Few films, aside from Trainspotting of course, have ever shown such a graphic fall into the world of drug use and abuse like what happens to one of the characters here (I really don’t want to spoil it for anybody that hasn’t watched the film yet). The relationship between Murphy and Omi will also hit a chord with many audience members and some of the more harrowing scenes to watch in this film are the ones revolving around Murphy psychologically breaking as he realises that he is now trapped in a relationship that he doesn’t want to be in.

Knowing that a film has graphic sex in it can sometimes be a reason to question how decent the acting skills of the cast involved are going to be, but that shouldn’t be too much of a worry before you go into the cinema to watch Love 3D. Young Karl Glusman shows that he has the potential to be a star of the future. Whether it be a graphic sex scene or some of the scenes depicting his breakdown he puts in a good all round performance. He is also well backed up by Aomi Muyock and Klara Kristin who despite no previous acting experience put in some harrowing naturalistic performances.

Love 3D is not a film for everyone. If you find graphic sex in a film a turn off then you shouldn’t even bother to stand in line for the film, but if you don’t mind some alternative cinema that goes into a really dark place then this is a film that you’ll want to watch time and time again. Good characterisation, a decent script and believable acting performances make this film more than the stick-flick that some may easy write it off as.






Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(4)


IMDB Rating: Love (2015) on IMDb


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