Crossing a Vintage Porn Style with Giallo Aesthetics: Yann Gonzalez on ‘Knife + Heart’

Fans of Brian De Palma and Dario Argento should take note.

While a handful of genre movies at this year’s Fantastic Fest featured queer characters, only Knife + Heart so openly directly dealt with different experiences in an LGBTQ community. The French film is a serial killer story that investigates the tragedy of internalized homophobia with a giallo twist and more than a nod to the movies of Brian De Palma and Dario Argento. Yann Gonzalez’s second film is delightfully campy and sensual yet heartbreaking and terrifying.

Anne (French pop star Vanessa Paradis) is a lesbian porn producer who specializes in making low budget gay porn in 1979. However, her life is far from the party atmosphere she likes to keep on set. Her romantic relationship with her film editor (Kate Moran) is deteriorating, and members of her cast are turning up brutally murdered. Without help from the Parisian police, Anne decides to track down the killer on her own.

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