directed by Gaspar Noé, France / Belgium / Monaco 2021, 135' (English friendly)
- The creator of Irréversible, Enter the Void and Climax has created a work unique in his filmography. Vortex is a poignant and patient record of a few days in the life of an elderly couple, played by a legend of French cinema Françoise Lebrun and cult horror film director Dario Argento. This time Noé opts for crude realism, but he wouldn’t be himself if he didn’t experiment formally. From the beginning, he divides the screen into two parts, separately observing the wife, who is slowly losing touch with reality due to her dementia, and the husband, who is struggling to cope with her condition. The man tries at all costs to finish the book about his beloved films and dreaming in the cinema.
- Gaspar Noé’s techniques give a remarkably poignant perspective of people lost and fading, unable to come to terms with aging and still attempting to fight for life and the survival of their relationship. This stunning effect brings Vortex into line with Haneke’s Amour or Bergman’s Cries and Whispers.