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New on Netflix: this great sulphurous film will fascinate subscribers

Mektoub, My love: Canto One will set Netflix on fire

Masterpiece or anecdotal drama bordering on pornography? Netflix subscribers will be able to form an opinion on the matter Mektoub, My love : Canto One, the sixth and sulphurous film by Abdellatif Kechiche just added to Netflix. Released in 2018 after the official selection at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, Mektoub, My love Song: One is a unique film of its kind, a family and sentimental chronicle set in the mid-90s and experienced from the point of view of Amin, a young man searching for his place in the world.

After interrupting his medical studies in Paris, where Amin (Shaïn Boumedine) dreams of becoming a screenwriter, he returns to Sète where he spent his youth. There he finds his attractive cousin Tony (Salim Kechiouche) and his best friend Ophélie (Ophélie Bau). Over the course of a summer they will meet people and have fun, and Amin will gradually awaken to certain sensations…

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A searing and divisive film

Mektoub, My love : Canto One has widely divided critics, between those who saw a masterpiece of naturalistic drama and those who denounced a voyeuristic fraud. From the beginning of his film, Abdellatif Kechiche does not procrastinate and defines the framework of his story with a long and sensual erotic sequence which Amin, hidden behind a window, observes without being seen. Mektoub, My love : Canto One it is then presented as a film about the gaze. Where are you looking, where are the eyes shining with desire of these young people going?

Mektoub, My Love Canto: One
Mektoub, My love Song: One ©Pathé

A photographer, Amin is fascinated by the lights and colors of the Mediterranean coast from which he takes images. With Amin’s initially reserved and cautious gaze on the world, Abdellatif Kechiche then suggests how, through the gaze – and therefore through cinema – the most carnal sensations are born. From there, the shoulder-mounted camera moves towards the bodies of ordinary young people, liberated to varying degrees by the desire that drives them.

Mektoub, My love : Canto One throughout its duration of 2h53 it offers a sexual tension that is as raw and strong as it is banal and ordinary. But in reality there is only one explicit representation of the sexual act, that of the introduction. From this vision, which the viewer shares with Amin, we can understand it Mektoub, My love: Canto One then tells the character’s personal and intimate journey towards this form of desire fulfillment.

Absolutely captivating in its staging and in the sensations it transmits gives birth, even offering authentic birth in real time, Mektoub, My love: Canto One it is therefore a prestigious addition to the Netflix catalogue, to be (re)discovered without hesitation.

Source: Cine Serie

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