In Novo, Eduardo Noriega is Graham, a ruggedly handsome Paris photocopy clerk who can't remember people or events for more than 10 minutes at a time. It's a deficiency that his boss (Nathalie Richard) uses to fuck him again and againknowing full well that soon after they're done, he won't recall the encounters. Enter Iréne (Anna Mouglalis), an adventurous lass with less Manichaean designs. She's content to screw Graham six ways from Sunday using all kinds of accoutrements but is actually interested in a relationship, reveling in the perpetual newness of being with an amnesiac and braving the inherent lack of intimacy. Jean-Pierre Limosin directs his tale with a certain Gallic equanimity and dry humor (to hide their office romance, Iréne says to Graham, "Forget that you know me"), but after an opening 20 minutes of pert dialogue, charming performances, and true tendresse, Novo devolves into a plodding morass of love lost-and-found after Graham's forgotten wife enters the picture. Limosin's elliptical narrative, meant to correlate with his protagonist's blank-slate mind, instead plays as desultory and just plain confused.
Get the Film & TV Newsletter
Stay up to date on the best new movies with our critics' latest reviews, interviews and trailers for the films coming to a theater near you each week.
More Film News
- Scott Adkins Plays a Badass Actually Named ‘Colt McReady’ In the Effective ‘Close Range’
- Meet the Pole Who Tried to Warn the World About the Holocaust in ‘Karski & the Lords...
- Jane Fonda Faced Down the Seventies and a Killer in Pakula’s Masterful ‘Klute’
- He’ll Get Your Head Shaking: Surveying the Start of Chung Mong-hong’s (Likely) Great...