Demonlover

A stupendously intelligent assault on globalism, e-commerce, the media, and corporate culture.

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Demonlover

“No one sees anything. Ever. They watch, but they don’t understand.” So observes Connie Nielsen in Olivier Assayas’s hallucinatory, globe-spanning Demonlover, a postmodern neonoir thriller and media critique in which nothing—not even the film itself—is what it appears to be. Nielsen plays Diane de Monx, a Volf Corporation executive turned spy for rival Mangatronics in the companies’ battle over the lucrative market of Internet adult animation. But Diane may not be the only player at Volf with a hidden agenda: both romantic interest Hervé (Charles Berling) and office enemy Elise (Chloë Sevigny) seem to know her secret and can easily use it against her for their own purposes. As the stakes grow higher and Diane ventures into deadlier territory, Assayas explores the connections between multinational businesses and extreme underground media as well as the many ways 21st-century reality increasingly resembles violent, disorienting fiction.
Not Rated
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Greg's List
Runtime
122
Language
French, Japanese
Director
Olivier Assayas
Cast
Connie Nielsen, Charles Berling, Chloe Sevigny, Gina Gershon
FEATURED REVIEW
Tim Brayton, Antagony and Ecstasy

No film by the chameleon-like director Olivier Assayas met with as much brutal misunderstanding - at least, in the United States; I cannot speak to its reception in Europe - as 2002's demonlover, a stupendously intelligent assault on globalism, e-commerce, the media, corporate culture - oh, and ...

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