Novo (2005)




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The nature of love and memory and how the two sensations interrelate are explored in Jean-Pierre Limosin's 2002 film Novo. Office worker Graham (Eduardo Noriega) suffered a head injury that destroyed his ability to maintain long-term memories. Falling in love with the forgetful Graham, temporary office secretary Irene (Anna Mouglalis) takes the opportunity to engage Graham in a sexual relationship that feels like the beginning of a hot romance -- with plenty of adventurous sexual encounters along the way. While Irene insists that she'll maintain the memories for both of them until Graham recovers, she begins to wonder if their romance will endure without his being able to remember any of the hot details from their short history. Novo was a chosen for inclusion into the 2002 Locarno International Film Festival.
R (for strong sexuality, graphic nudity and language)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Paz Vega
as Isabelle
Lény Bueno
as Antoine
Julie Gayet
as Julie
Agathe Dronne
as Celine
Bernard Bloch
as Doctor Sagem
Dominic Gould
as Gilles
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Critic Reviews for Novo

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

While its provocative theme clearly has dramatic and comedic possibilities, the film mostly fails to realize them, content to provide a series of erotic encounters with plenty of opportunities for its lead performers to undress.

October 27, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Playfully sexy.

September 23, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Sleek, attractive and ultimately vapid, Novo applies to sex and love the concept of short-term memory loss used to such acute dramatic effect in Memento.

September 20, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Limosin's elliptical narrative, meant to correlate with his protagonist's blank-slate mind, instead plays as desultory and just plain confused.

Full Review… | September 20, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

Despite its philosophical pretensions, the film is fairly lightweight, and its good-looking cast and sleek production values are more memorable than any of its heady themes.

September 21, 2005
TV Guide

Groundhog Day for the randy or 9 1/2 Weeks reduced to 9 1/2 hours

Full Review… | September 21, 2005

Audience Reviews for Novo


watched this as part of the free sbs on demand anniversary, but was sorely disappointed by the lack of a cohesive plot. the premise was a (handsome) guy who due to a malady, struggles to remember anything for beyond an hour (sounds familiar), and is thusly taken advantage of by every drooling female around him. if the genders were flipped, the feminists would have an outcry. but as it stands, it's simply an incomprehensible movie with an unrealistically good-looking cast.

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

A quirky comedy-drama (more drama than a comedy). Quite watchable but too bizarre and sometimes incomprehensible - less quirkiness would have been better.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

Another one of those French films where the greatest existentialist crisis revolves around someone or the other having sex. Or not having it. Well, in this particular case the man in question has a case of recurring amnesia (shades of Memento) and hence there's this beautiful 'novelty' every time he succumbs to the charms of the same girl (his continuing girlfriend). The people involved are all supremely good-looking so that's a bonus. Unfortunately these events don't happen to the rest of us, which is not a bonus. Hard to believe any of the tripe, but it was all entertaining for a while.

Arin D
Arin D

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