Mad Love in New York de Josh et Benny Safdie - Carlotta Films - La Boutique
Mad Love in New York de Josh et Benny Safdie - Carlotta Films - La Boutique
Mad Love in New York de Josh et Benny Safdie - Carlotta Films - La Boutique
Mad Love in New York de Josh et Benny Safdie - Carlotta Films - La Boutique
Mad Love in New York de Josh et Benny Safdie - Carlotta Films - La Boutique

Mad Love in New York by Josh and Benny Safdie

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An incredible story of love and addiction from the makers of Lenny and the Kids

Harley is a young homeless woman who wanders the streets of New York. She squats from right to left and begs to get something to buy her fix. Because Harley has a severe addiction to heroin that she shares with her companions in misfortune: her friend and drug dealer Mike, and her lover Ilya, who exerts an unhealthy attraction on her. To prove her love for him, Harley is ready to do anything, even to open her veins. After a failed suicide attempt, the young woman resumes her daily life in the New York jungle, and tries to survive without her great destructive love...

Like a number of young directors from the New York independent scene, brothers Josh and Benny Safdie have developed into a handful of films – three feature films, two of which were released in France, The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008) and Lenny & the Kids (2009) – a sharp look at New York society and its margins, belonging to the mumblecore movement. [These are films produced with very little means, whose characters – mainly young city dwellers aged between twenty and thirty – are played by non-professional or little-known actors, around partly improvised dialogues.] It was while doing location scouting in a Manhattan neighborhood that Josh Safdie met the one who was to be the muse and heroine of their next film: Arielle Holmes, a young drug addict homeless. On their advice, she wrote a book based on her own life, Mad Love in New York City, which the brothers decided to adapt to the cinema. To tell this mind-blowing story of love and addiction, they only hire non-professional actors except for the role of Ilya, Harley's lover and tormentor (the character of Arielle in the film), played by American actor Caleb Landry Jones spotted in John Boorman's Queen & Country. Mad Love in New York draws its source from different cinematographic genres: New York documentary fiction (going back to On the Bowery by Lionel Rogosin), the film on drugs (Panic in Needle Park by Jerry Schatzberg being a reference here) or on the exacerbated disintegration of a couple (Possession by Andrzej Żulawski). Josh and Benny Safdie retain only the best of each genre, managing to avoid the pitfalls – the theme of drugs, for example, is completely devoid of any romanticism. A work of exemplary maturity, Mad Love in New York is a shock film that manages to sublimate a painful subject, helped in this by its main actress Arielle Holmes, overwhelming in this almost autobiographical role. The Safdie brothers take a tender, lucid but never cruel look at a marginalized community that cinema had not looked at so well since Requiem for a Dream.

MAD LOVE IN NEW YORK
(2014 – Colors – 97 mins)

SUPPLEMENTS
*

. 4 DELETED SCENES (9 mn)

. A HOT TWO WEEKS: THE MAKING-OF OF "MAD LOVE IN NEW YORK" (17 mins)
A look back at the set of Mad Love in New York and the genesis of the film. A making-of directed by Simon Hacker, supported by the testimonies of actors and directors.

. VIDEO CLIP OF ARIEL PINK

. PICTURE GALLERY

. TRAILER


* in HD on the Blu-ray version

Released June 22, 2016