Legendary provocateur Gaspar Noé takes on a more somber key with Vortex, starring Françoise Lebrun and Dario Argento in a rare onscreen appearance.
The Father (Argento) lives peacefully with his wife (LeBrun) in their Paris apartment. One day, the Father becomes worn down by a heart condition, rendering his health in a dire state. As his wife begins to succumb to her own suffering under dementia, the couple begin to sense finality in their togetherness, reaffirming their love as often - and as strongly - as they can.
Shot entirely in split-screen, Vortex is an emotionally searing and achingly personal detour for Noé, with performances from its lead couple containing immeasurable power.
"Noé's extraordinary film unfolds as a tale of murmured terrors and nameless dread, creeping softly around a cramped Paris apartment like a cinematic Grim Reaper.”?- Xan Brooks, The Guardian
"Doubtless, due to Noé's own real-world experiences, “Vortex” is a success [...]: a dignified, sometimes desperate tribute to, as the dedication reads, “all those whose minds will decompose before their hearts.”?- Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
"With its uncommonly human touch and restless, unflinching visual aesthetic, VortexThe Wrap
- Rating NR
- Running time 135
- Released 05-20-2022
- Genre Drama