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Lonely Hearts Club Video: Goodbye lover

Posted by Drew / May 5, 2006

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In 2002, French director Olivier Assayas turned out the completely bizarre, downright comprehensible film Demonlover. The film made the rounds and was roundly scorned, with many calling it postmodern tosh.

About a year later, most critics retracted their initial knee-jerk responses and heaped the film with more praise than its disjointed structure can probably stand.

That said, the film is a total trip for a few reasons.

Its portrait of the quietly psychotic nature of corporate culture is equal to that of The Parallax View.


Assayas continues the nouvelle vague tradition of getting some fantastic low-key performances from his female performers. Both Chloe Sevigny and Gina Gershon deliver; the former is tight-lipped and surly, and the latter having a lot of fun as a fast-talking, slightly gauche American in France.

But Connie Nielsen amazes as a double-dealing corporate spy of sorts who is so tightly wound she can barely speak. Taciturn, as opposed to quiet, women are a rarity on film; indeed, Assayas’s unexpected turn here is his combination of the corporate-cyber-espionage film with the emotionally tangled female relationships of women’s melodrama.

Other films have treaded the same territory, but none have done it with Demonlover’s odd and appealing mix of trash and art, hot and cold. A sort of despairing stylishness saturates the film and an unfocused nostalgia makes it a sort of mystery before the narrative itself unfurls.

Its getting hot. It will be hotter. And summertime is no time to be renting videos.

See this one now and thank god for the fact that you never made it past the second rung of the corporate ladder.

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8 Comments

Sima / May 25, 2013 at 07:40 am
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Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Finding the time and actual effort to make a very good
article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and
never seem to get anything done.
theory test / January 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm
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It's hard to come by knowledgeable people on this subject, but you seem like you know what you're talking about!
Thanks

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