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Critic Reviews for Novo
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.
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.
Limosin's elliptical narrative, meant to correlate with his protagonist's blank-slate mind, instead plays as desultory and just plain confused.
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.
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.
A quirky comedy-drama (more drama than a comedy). Quite watchable but too bizarre and sometimes incomprehensible - less quirkiness would have been better.
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.
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