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Demonlover

Connie Nielsen , Chloe Sevigny , Olivier Assayas    DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Brave New World May 7 2004
Format:DVD
This highly sensual film uses the slick Emma Peel-in-a-skintight-jumpsuit-meets-the-Matrix veneer that most people associate with high stakes business acquisitions, fast cars and corporate espionage . . . and for the first half of the movie, that is exactly what is delivered---intrigue on a multi-national and multi-million dollar level showcased in exquisitely neoned Japan, overseas business class flights and minimalist board rooms. Diane, played to perfection by Connie Nielsen is the Emma Peel of a French investment house intent on acquiring a monopoly on Japanese animated pornography. Perfectly dressed and coiffed, she epitomizes the business woman who has it all: brains, savvy and a polished understated unfluctuating demeanor that make her hard to read and hard to penetrate. We watch her intriguingly non-react as she puts a woman colleague out of commission, discovers that someone else knows what she has done, make deals with an Internet pornography competitor on the metro and all around suppresses her intrinsic sense of womanhood as she stands by and watches----no smiles apologetically----a piece of Japanese anime explicit with enough sexist content to render anyone with the vaguest sense of feminism a bad case of the hives. The fimmaker's vision of people in general in a world consumed by a consumerism so out of control that it feeds off its own negative energy, is blurred; the defining line between men and women eroded by a viciously amoral competition.

Then comes the second half of the movie where so many things seem to happen for no real reason at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Criminally Underrated April 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Admittedly, DEMONLOVER makes a sharp left narrative turn at the halfway point that's going to confound viewers who are intrigued by the straightforward (and extremely absorbing) high-stakes opening. But that's no reason to dismiss the many, many things that writer/director Olivier Assayas gets absolutely right. In the end, DEMONLOVER is a fascinating mirror-world reflection (as William Gibson would call it) of where our global society might be just five minutes from now: the fittest who survive will be multilingual, career-consumed and ridiculously chic, but also soulless, as if missing the gene that supplies a sense of loyalty and ethics. The movie is a cautionary, though entirely plausible, tale of humans debased by their own lust for ungoverned capitalism. Every line of dialogue is about the business merger at hand; in the rare instances where feelings are discussed, they're usually about how *work* affects those emotions. The big wink here is that the characters don't even discuss business honestly, because each has duplicitous motives.
Technically, DEMONLOVER is a feast. Denis Lenoir's widescreen photography constantly dazzles -- many of the tracking shots are sustained in close-up (creating paranoia), and the color spectrum appears as if filtered through corporate fluorescence. (The neon-drenched Tokyo sequence is particularly hypnotic.) Jump cuts keep the narrative one step ahead of the audience. Sonic Youth's atonal guitar score creates the same mutant environment that Howard Shore pulled off in CRASH. Most significantly, Connie Nielsen's face (and hair and wardrobe) mesmerizes more than any CGI I've ever seen.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Insipid, pretentious crap April 21 2004
Format:DVD
This is, bar none, one of the worst movies I have ever viewed. It isn't bad like "Pluto Nash" bad (ie: funny bad) or "Godzilla" bad (low budget), instead it is one of the most convoluted, pretentious and self-important films ever made. The plot is actually interesting for a little while, but the movie suffers from "art-film wannabe" complex, meaning that the director thinks that confusing plot and dialogue make for classy, understated art. It is as if they thought "hey, some pedantic critic will find a theme/deep meaning for this work if we make it dark and use sparse dialogue!". All the more confusing is the use of American and British actors in what is essentially a French film; the bad French accents from the leading ladies is distracting and annoying. While it is generally well-acted, the performances reek of pretense and self-importance. Worst by far is the writing and the editing, which conspire to render this all but unwatchable. If you want a good euro-thriller, rent the original Dutch "The Vanishing", but stay AWAY from Demonlover.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Crapola of a Movie April 17 2004
By Mr D.
Format:DVD
For those of you who think Demonlover is a horror movie, because the title sounds like it, furrgetit! Demonlover is the title of a Japanese animated series, which like many things has no bearing on the story.
I kept waiting and still waiting. Waiting for this movie to make sense. It don't, it never will. Some might think the movie is artsy even engrossing. It is artsy in a way but it's more gross than engrossing. This is obviously a case of one man's treasure is another man's junk. I'm the latter.
The story, if you want to call it that, is ostensibly about the perversive influence of pornography on the internet and an unholy competition, no make that battle, between two giants of internet pornography to land a contract/merger? with a Japanese animation company. I didn't see the connection either but apparently the pornographers were interested in the new virtual realty aspect of animation for their purposes. Connie Nielsen plays the part of Diane de Monx, an up and coming executive who is duplicitous in that she is involved in corporate espionage for a competing company, while having the protection of the company CEO
CONCLUSION
I'm only writing this review because several reviewers gave it a four star rating. This is highly inflated. I'm giving it two stars but only because it did hold my interest til the end.(I kept trying to make sense of it). Oh, one more thing. Did I mentioned that the movie is in French and some Japanese so you get to read enlish subtitles throughout the movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, high-tech fun (with a soundtrack by Sonic Youth)
Compare this with 'Summer Hours' or 'Les Destinees' and you'll see that Olivier Assayas has as wide a range of styles as any current filmmaker I can think of. Read more
Published on June 18 2011 by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars What's With the Negativity?
When this opened here in San Antonio, the ad in the paper was very small. Upon arriving at the theater, I was astounded being the only person in the theater on a Saturday morning. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Mark Gordon
1.0 out of 5 stars Demonlover, more like Boraphil....
Ok, it doesn't rhyme, but that is what this movie is. So if you're thinking, cool cast, Connie, Chloe, Gina; I'll give it a try, think again. The acting is just fine all around. Read more
Published on April 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars a futuristic thriller with cutting-edge cinematography.
I really liked this movie and I thought it was very beautiful in a very different way that may be the way of the future. Read more
Published on April 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Cybercinema for pensive viewers
Forget about trying to follow the plot. It's useless; yet, in a strange way you know exactly what's going on. Read more
Published on April 10 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars "What A Tangled World Wide Web We Weave"
Connie Nielsen (of GLADIATOR fame) plays the ruthless businesswoman Diane to icy perfection in this oddly compelling internet thriller, DEMONLOVER. Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by E. Lee Zimmerman
3.0 out of 5 stars Sex? Voyeurism? Techno-mayhem? Slick futurism? You got it.
You also have quite a few detracting problems.
I must say, I'm surprised that there are no reviews for this item and I'm writing the first one. Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by Alexiel
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