Lux Æterna

Director: Gaspar Noé
Year Released: 2019
Rating: 1.5

Fifty minute experimental film by Noé is, in his words, a "modest essay about beliefs and the art of filmmaking": it takes place behind-the-scenes of a movie being shot called God's Craft, with actresses Charlotte Gainsbourg and Béatrice Dalle (playing ... themselves?) engaging in a conversation about their personal lives, Karl Glusman pitching a project to Charlotte, Dalle having a meltdown, Australian model/actress Abbey Lee complaining she doesn't know what everyone's saying and then the light system malfunctions, turning the set into a strobing horror show.  There are quotes sprinkled throughout by Dreyer, Fassbinder and Buñuel regarding the "role" of the director - as a dictator, one who must have complete control over cast, crew and audience - but it's largely half-cocked posturing, and whatever connection it's trying to make with religion and witchcraft isn't what you'd call well thought out.  Someone on the 'net posted it was Gaspar making a "glorified ad for fashion brand Saint Laurent" but I don't think that gives him enough credit: he made it to give you a stroke.