The last days of an elderly couple stricken by dementia.
"Vortex, full of the dark, provocative themes typical of Noé’s work, and coupled with the uniquely disorienting cut-screen effect and a thoughtful intimacy, serves only to reaffirm Noé’s status as one of the most fascinating and innovative filmmakers of today, and will certainly delight audiences both familiar and unfamiliar with his work."
(from the introduction by Jessica Lovett, French & Francophone Studies, Brown University)
"Alex Lutz confesses: 'Gaspar has his film in his head, a total vision of what he’s going to do, but no script … On set, it’s a strange mix. You feel like you can do whatever you want, but at the same time, Gaspar knows exactly what he wants; he doesn’t let go of you.' The result is a documentary-like film about life, shot as realistically as possible, on one single set, somehow taking advantage of the performers’ emerging life experiences. Without anticipating too much, I conclude by directing your attention to a visual element of the film. I will only say that the screen, the scene, and the family are continually traversed by a fracture--a division worth interrogating. If the image is split, can we piece/peace it together?"(from the introduction by Giovanna Conti, Italian Studies, Brown University)