Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur)

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Knife + Heart wrings giallo-inspired thrills out of a boldly challenging story that defiantly succeeds on its own stylish merits.



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Average Rating: 3.3/5

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Movie Info

Paris, Summer 1979. Anne (Vanessa Paradis) produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down.


Critic Reviews for Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur)

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10)

  • It feels like a giallo take on "Phantom of the Paradise," with heavy influences from "Peeping Tom" and Todd Haynes' 1991 feature debut, "Poison." This magical, erotic, disco-tinged horror-thriller is like cinematic candy.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A satisfying, unsentimental psychodrama.

    Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The audience for "Knife + Heart" is narrow, but I suspect it'll be deep.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Gonzalez contains his love of screen excess with a deliberation that never feels contrived or cheap.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I was similarly charmed by the film's embrace of both the genre's strengths and weaknesses, down to the voice-over in the last five minutes of the movie explaining what the hell you just saw.

    Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

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  • It's the kind of film you could more readily imagine spooled up on the screen of a dingy, rundown red light district theater than in Cannes' lavish Lumiere Theatre. It's all part of its scrappy charm.

    May 18, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

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