CANNES, France (Reuters) - Vanessa Paradis has come a long way from “Joe Le Taxi”. The French actress, who shot to fame as a teenage pop singer, stars as a director of hardcore gay porn films in a movie that screened at the Cannes Film Festival this week.
“Knife + Heart” (“Un Couteau Dans Le Coeur”) is set in the seedy world of low-grade porn production in 1970s France, where Paradis’ character Anne is intrigued, and then terrorized, by a serial killer who is gruesomely murdering some of her actors.
Critics compared the movie to the works of “Dressed to Kill” director Brian De Palma, with Hollywood Reporter calling it a “deliciously campy slasher flick”. Screen Daily said it was a “film drunk on its own trashy, lurid aesthetic”.
“The set(-up) is controversial, but the movie talks about love, deeply about love,” Paradis told Reuters in an interview.
“It’s super-romantic, it’s very shy actually.”
The 45-year-old said she had no hesitation in taking the role.
“I didn’t think: ‘What are people going to think?’ I was so moved by the script and felt: ‘Oh my God, I get to have this role, I get to play in a Yann Gonzalez movie, this story, this character.”
Director and co-writer Gonzalez said: “I think this film is like a carnival. It’s like a fun house, it’s full of surprises,”
“Knife + Heart” is competing for the Palme d’Or, which will be awarded on Saturday.
Writing by Robin Pomeroy; editing by Andrew Roche