You’re going to be let down,if you’re looking for Love on Netflix. After over four years of shocking viewers with graphic sex scenes and inspiring challenges on TikTok, finally,Gaspard Noé’s controversial 2015 film has left the streaming service .
There’s that 365 DNI borderline porn boat scene, the insane eroticism of Dark Desire, and an avalanche of super steamy things to watch on Netflix, after all. However, because it was not only NSFW, but full of renegade artistry, Love stood out. Director Gaspar Noé’s POV is one of aggressive vision, and the streaming service just got instantly less cool now that Love is off Netflix.
Where was the film premiered first?
At the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Love first premiered, where it quickly established a reputation for its graphic, unsimulated sex scenes and 3D video. The film follows a young man named Murphy (Karl Glusman) who learns that his relationship with his girlfriend Electra (Aomi Muyock) is falling apart after the two have an impulsive trip with pretty Danish teen Omi (Klara Kristin). Until Murphy cheats on Electra with Omi, all is perfect. Murphy and Electra’s romance is broken when Omi gets pregnant and decides to hold the baby. When Murphy later discovers that Electra has gone missing, through a series of poignant and explicit flashbacks, he reflects on their relationship.
Is the movie original?
Besides being full of hardcore sex scenes, because it is filled with rebellious artistry, Love stands out. There’s no question that Gaspar Noé can serve up some mind-bending images, whatever you think of his subject matter. Although this movie was puerile and not especially original, in truth, Love tries to be at the forefront of filmmaking. Even if that’s opening a movie of lovers masturbating with each other for an extended clip.
Are there any such movies on Netflix?
It’s the kind of movie you used to watch a lot more on Netflix, too. The library was a hodge podge of famous titles that they could licence and independent movies that had not necessarily made a dent on the box office when Netflix launched. Five years ago, discovering a filmmaker like Gaspard Noé on Netflix was simpler.
Of course, Netflix still has a solid list of library titles that feel like they’re off the beaten path, but they’re not as abundant as they used to be. Nor is it as easy to stumble upon some hidden arthouse gem when, on a weekly basis, Netflix itself churns out milquetoast new films. Love is a movie that fits in with the Netflix of yesteryear and not the service of today, full of crowd-pleasers driven by data.
Will this movie return Netflix again?
Love may be able to return to Netflix earlier than we thought, but its absence is a service loss. It is emblematic of an evolving streaming problem: as studios make more and more decisions based on creative expression data, those odd movies that stick to you will start disappearing. Netflix used to be a treasure chest of surreal movies trying to relate to viewers at the cinema.