Deep or smoky? The audience will decide, but David Cronenberg lived up to his reputation as the gore pope by presenting Crimes of the Future in Cannes. He’s pushing his obsession with the body and guts further than ever.
Set in an indefinite “post-disaster” future, a world in shambles where pain has been abolished, the film stars the director’s favorite actor, Viggo Mortensen (“A History of Violence,” 2005; “The Promises of Shadow “; 2007). , “A Dangerous Method”, 2011). This time in the shoes of a very special actor, Saul.
His creations? Tattooing on his internal organs during publicly performed surgeries. Keyword: “Surgery is the new gender”.
The scalpel is wielded by Caprice, played by a waxy-faced Léa Seydoux, while a nebulous police force, the Office of the National Organ Registry, represented by Kristen Stewart, watches over her from afar.
The subject is obscure at times, about human evolution and the “naturally unnatural,” those “neo-organs” cultivated in bodies by machines that seem to date back to the 1980s, and their confusing “punchlines” ( “Zippers have their own sex appeal”). Most importantly, the film marks the director’s return to “body horror” after an eight-year absence.
“In this film I tried to see the inside of the body,” he summarizes for AFP, in his sixth year in competition. “My interest is not to shock and my goal is not for people to leave the room, but it can happen,” continues the director of the cults “La Mouche” or “Vidéodrome”, who has matured for over twenty years, on the project.
Sensitive souls are put to the test from the opening sequence: we see a child biting into a plastic chair like a bar of chocolate before being murdered by its mother and suffocated under a pillow.
“There are things I don’t want to see, but it’s very specific. I don’t like cruelty, especially cruelty to children (…) I wouldn’t say it shocks me, but I don’t like to watch.” , Nuance the one who has three children and four grandchildren.
“Ahead of the Times”
The smell of sulfur that surrounds the 79-year-old director is nothing new: since his competition debut in 1996 he has caused a scandal with “Crash”, divided the critics, but won a special prize from the jury. This film about sex, violence and car accidents inspired Julia Ducournau’s “Titanium”, the 2021 Palme d’Or. Another type of accident happened on “Crimes of the Future” where filming was abruptly halted due to exhausted budget.
The magnet actor Mortensen, made famous by “Lord of the Rings”, “Captain Fantastic” or “Green Book: On the Roads of the South”, who has often been filmed naked by Cronenberg, this time literally gets his guts out.
“In some shots I was very happy not to be in my own skin,” the actor told AFP, specifically referring to the evisceration scenes that were filmed in Athens in more than 40 degrees. “Of course there are things you can’t do to your body if you then take a second or third shot!”
“It’s a well-written and structured film noir story, but also a love story between Léa Seydoux and my character, boundless trust, a very strong physical connection and a story of sacrifice for each other’s physical well-being,” he continued.
“We have a friendship with David and a trust that allows me to let him try unusual things that I wouldn’t necessarily try with others, not knowing whether they’re asking for it for the value of the recording or for the show.” , continues -er. For him, Cronenberg is “ahead of his time” and you have to see his films “four or five times in a row” to understand them.
This article was published automatically. Sources: ats/afp
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