Demonlover (2002)







ҧ:3 wins & 3 nominations

Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Won Bronze Frog Denis Lenoir
Nominated Golden Frog Denis Lenoir
Cannes Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Nominated Golden Palm Olivier Assayas
Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Won Best Original Soundtrack Sonic Youth
José Luis Guarner Critic''s Award Olivier Assayas
Nominated Best Film Olivier Assayas


Two corporations compete for illicit 3D manga pornography, sending spies to infiltrate each other''s operations.

Diane works for a French firm bidding to purchase a Japanese animation outfit. Diane maliciously hatches a plot to take the job of her supervisor Karen. The plan succeeds, but then Diane faces problems when a competing American firm, represented by Elaine, becomes involved. Diane''s assistant Elise remains loyal to Karen, and she frustrates Diane''s every move. When it comes to light that the one of the concerned parties controls an Internet site which broadcasts actual torture, the plot thickens.

Demonlover is a 2002 technological neo-noir thriller film by French writer/director Olivier Assayas. The film stars Connie Nielsen, Charles Berling, Chloë Sevigny, and Gina Gershon with a musical score by Sonic Youth. It premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival,[2] although it was more widely released several months later. Reviews were decidedly mixed: the website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 49% rating.

The story focuses on the entanglement between various national corporations vying over the financial control of interactive 3-D anime pornography. The film contains various themes, including desensitization to violence and the problematic nature of globalization. The film defies most genre categories, but is most often labeled a drama with hints of espionage and corporate crime reminiscent in noir thrillers. Upon its theatrical release in the United States, it was rated R for strong violence, sexual content and some language.

The film is primarily in the French language with some scenes in English and some in Japanese. It has been considered an example of New French Extremity by some journalists. In recent years the film has gained a cult following for its post-modern aesthetics and soundtrack by American rock group, Sonic Youth.