A large french corporation is the middle of very important negotiations with a Japanese manga company specializing in 3D pornography. After the woman in charge of the negotiations unexpectedly falls ill, Diane is entrusted with the very important negotiations by Victor, the CEO. What Victor doesn't realize is Diane is actually an executive from a rival company, intent on doing whatever it takes to make sure they don't come to an agreement with the Japanese firm. Olivier Assayas' Demonlover is a tense corporate espionage thriller full of twists and turns that reaches for the stars in its provocative commentary on the decay contemporary society has had on our morality. Assayas has created a film where nearly every character is not who they appear to be, where exposing their true selves is viewed as a sign of weakness. Demonlover suggests we live in a world where humanity is enslaved by the corporations they work for, doing whatever is necessary to ensure their survival. An attack on corporate culture as a whole, Assayas turns his observant eye on the effects of globalism and e-commerce have had on morality. Full of mystery and suspense, Assayas' visual style for the film is cold yet intoxicating, capturing the lives of its main characters. While Demonlover could have been a little tighter from a narrative perspective it's a highly intelligent piece of filmmaking that takes a look at the current state of capitalism and corporate culture.
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