AKA: Sangre Caníbal, Cannibal Love – Mangiata Viva
Directed by: Claire Denis
Starring: Vincent Gallo (Shane), Béatrice Dalle (Coré), Tricia Vessey (June), Alex Descas (Leo Semenau), Florence Loiret Caille (Christelle),
Country: France, European Cinema
Language: French (English subtitles), English
Genres: Gruesome, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Men, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women
Plot – Spoilers:
American newlyweds, Shane and June Brown, are headed to Paris for their honeymoon. June is naive, romantic and in love with being in love. Shane wants to don the protective-lover role, but spends most of his time clutching a headache while he’s with June. It soon becomes apparent that Shane who is a doctor isn’t all that well. And it’s not just headaches that bother him. He has a past that has brought him to Paris with the honeymoon as an excuse.
On the other side, there’s a bizarre couple – a vampirish Coré who feasts on random men hoping for a sexual tryst with her, and Leo her doctor husband, who covers up her crimes while trying to keep her locked in his secluded home.
There’s also a young maid at the hotel Shane and June check into, who lusts after the hotel guests to breathe life into her drudgery. All these characters eventually get tied together if you’re patient enough, which you will need to be. The gore is tastefully presented as are the effedup parts, but this is arthouse cinema and Claire Denis, and so the seemingly monotonous and meaningless scenes will add up finally. But you will be tested at times.