Director: Gaspar Noé
Country: France, Belgium

2021 | 142 min. | French
Subtitles: English, German

Cast_ Dario Argento, Françoise Lebrun, Alex Lutz, Kylian Dheret Screenplay_ Gaspar Noé Camera_ Benoît Debie Producer_ Edouard Weil, Vincent Maraval, Brahim Chioua Rights_ Wild Bunch International

What is dignity and what is autonomy in a day-to-day life that is fully medicated? In ›Vortex‹, a clever split screen presents two lives that are no longer completely in sync.

She used to be a psychoanalyst; now her brain no longer keeps up. He writes about films and dreams, but his life is ruled by the most mundane things. Iconic actor Françoise Lebrun (›The Mother and the Whore‹) and the maestro of the giallo, Dario Argento (›Suspiria‹), portray this married couple around the age of 80. The setting is their large flat in Paris. In the finer moments, they take time to enjoy little routines like an aperitif on the balcony that faces the inner courtyard. But everyday life is clouded by her worsening dementia and the looming end to her independence. Their son confronts them, but they cannot possibly leave their home and all of the books there. In snapshots filled with empathy, this film shifts effortlessly from the comic to the melodramatic. Director Gaspar Noé is known for his uncompromising approach. In ›Vortex‹, he pairs it with a conciliatory note.


Gaspar Noé is an Argentinian director and screenwriter who lives in France. He became famous for aesthetically radical films about excesses, drug addiction and violence, including ›Irreversible‹ (2002), ›Enter the Void‹ (2009) and ›Climax‹ (2018), all three of which premiered at the Cannes Festival.


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