Vortex is a beautifully crafted important film about dementia and heart conditions.

A retired psychiatrist with dementia and a struggling author with a heart condition live their final days together in an apartment.

Vortex is directed by Gasper Noé who’s known for his disturbing yet fascinating work, Vortex however is a bit different (some may argue this is just as disturbing if not MORE disturbing since this does actually happen), Vortex is essentially about a retired psychiatrist with dementia and an author with a heart condition living their final days together until their deaths. Immediately from the very beginning of the film it captures your eye as the entire film is done in a split screen format, we get to see what both Lui (Dario Argento) and Françoise Lebrun are doing, the conversations they have and their emotions. There’s so much attention to detail that is captured, by having the split screen the viewer can take in the full picture of each conversation and for the film to be explored. The acting combined with the writing is incredibly raw to the point where this almost feels like a documentary that is documenting the final days of two elderly people. It shows what it’s like to go through dementia and heart conditions and doesn’t shy away from that either, the filming is truly beautiful and brings the viewer quite close to the characters. It’s a depressing yet important film that goes all out on it’s themes, I highly recommend watching Vortex knowing as little as possible!!

Vortex is available on all VOD platforms.

10/10 A+

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