Gaspar Noe’s “Carne”
Story: A butcher goes to jail for molesting his daughter.
Why You Should See It: It’s very rare these days when I watch something and think, that was “directed.” Of course, I grew in the 70s, 80s and 90s, when film authorship was constant. I think it would be around forever, but like many things in life, film authorship is almost dead.
If you took the hottest young directors today, removed the credits and made me watch their films, I couldn’t tell you who made them. But there was once a time when I could. In fact, there was decades when I could. Not even from watching the entire film, but from a single shot, or in the case of Gaspar Noe, from the credits, the use of font, the sound design.
And this is why I’ll keep watching anything Noe makes. He is one of the last authors standing. And it all began with “Carne,” a film only he could have made. It’s not pretty, its not even subtitled, but its one of a kind. And its so visual, you don’t need subtitles.
If you’ve seen his greatest film, “I Stand Alone,” you know what I’m talking about. “Carne” is actually the prequel, or the “origins story” of “I Stand Alone.” Why does authorship even matter, you ask? Stories are told from a point of view. And that’s all the means to me, someone’s point of view. That’s what art is. My being forced to see something through someone else’s eyes.
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Written by: Norith Soth