Netflix Premieres ‘Love,’ Sexually Explicit Melodrama

You may or may not have heard about Love, Gaspar Noé‘s boundary-pushing 3D porno about a couple, their intriguing neighbor, and the gratuitous sex that unfolds between all three. (The film just arrived on Netflix days ago.)

It’s not a “great” film, per se. Nor does it fall under the umbrella of “feel good.” But like all of Noé’s ambitious endeavors — from crime drama I Stand Alone and gut-wrenching Irreversible to mind-bending Enter the Void — Love is an intoxicating visual experience to say the very least. Now that it’s available to watch on-demand, however, there are a few things you should be aware of before you sit down to watch, especially if you plan on watching with your significant other.

First a little background: the vaguely titled melodrama follows Murphy (Karl Glusman), an American filmmaker in Paris who meets the French woman of his dreams, Electra (played by first-time actress Aomi Muyock), a flighty artist with a taste for the nightlife. From the very first scene to the last, we’re invited into the bedroom of these passionate lovers on a destructive mission to do anything and everything together, leading them to fulfill fantasy after fantasy until they choose to invite young Omi (Klara Kristin) into the fold. Though the film hinges on the aftermath of their threesome, it becomes increasingly apparent through Murphy’s disjointed memories that his turbulent relationship with Electra was over long before they got to know Omi.

If you ever get on Netflix to watch, let’s know what you think.

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