gaspar noé says his sexually explicit film love is fine for 12-year-olds

The director thinks it’s suitable for the pre-teens and says “to represent sex it’s hard not to film the genitalia.”

by Colin Crummy
22 May 2015, 1:51pm

Its posters are definitely NFSW, it comes with a promise to make boys hard and girls wet, and its graphic sex scenes are shot in 3D. And now Gaspar Noé, the director of 3D sex film Love, has braved further controversy by suggesting it could be shown to cinema-goers as young as 12.

Love is the sexually graphic story of Murphy (Karl Glusman), an American living in Paris, who persuades his girlfriend Electra (Aomi Muyock) to have a threesome with Omi (Klara Kristin). Noé made the comments at Cannes, where Love is screening out of competition.

The director who is no stranger to dark, sexual material, with both I Stand Alone and Irréversible under his belt, said he realized that the film would be restricted to the over 16s, but he added, 'If I was part of the committee I would set the age limit at 16 or 12 maybe.'

The Argentine born director, who shot Sky Ferreira topless for the cover of her Night Time, My Time, Love, said the film's explicit content was directly related to its love story. Insisting it is "a film about love," Noé said: "As soon as you say 'pornographic' people get scared. But the film talks about people being in love from a sexual stance. To represent sex, it's hard not to film the genitalia."

Love has already had audiences and the easily outraged salivating after the NFSW poster of a three tongued kiss was unveiled after of the film's Cannes screening. Noé whetted appetites for Love when he earlier told Marfa Journal: "With my next film I hope guys will have erections and girls will get wet…" 

Watch a recently released clip below.

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