>Demonlover is Olivier Assayas’ breathtaking vision of our spectacle-driven modern global society. On the surface, the film follows Diane (Connie Nielsen) who works for VolfGroup, a hugely powerful conglomerate that is negotiating the acquisition of TokyoAnimé, whose revolutionary pornographic 3-D manga is set to annihilate the competition in an extraordinarily lucrative market.
Two companies are battling for exclusive rights to VolfGroup new images on the Web: Magnatronics and Demonlover. Sort of Neo-noir and Sci-Fi Thriller with peaks of cyberpunk hardcore with a beautiful Connie Nielsen in the middle of a huge industrial espionage that doesn’t exclude any hits to human moral and ethic from beginning to its bitter and elusive ending .
In its honor we at Nexus23 Labs got the domain Demonlover.org some year ago .
–Assayas has claimed that he trimmed at least 10 minutes of footage out of the film after its premiere at Cannes. The film was further edited for release in the United States to obtain an R rating due to the highly explicit and sexual nature of some of the scenes. Additionally, this R-rated release featured heavy pixelization over the hentai scenes shown at the Japanese animation studio.
When the film was released on Region 1 DVD on March 16, 2004, it was in this R-rated cut. Several months later, a two-disc “unrated director’s cut” appeared. This cut removed most of the hentai pixelization (although penetration scenes are still blurred) and restored some scenes of footage from the Hellfire Club website. This cut runs 117 minutes as opposed to the R-rated version’s running time of 115 minutes. This version was released on Region 4 DVD with an MA15+ rating and later aired on Australian television with the equivalent AV15+ rating. As a bonus feature on the two-disc edition, a secret code (found in the text printed on the DVD itself) can be entered to gain access to the unedited Hellfire Club footage.
Internet rumors indicated that a third DVD edition of the film would be released, featuring the original Cannes cut of the film, and without any scenes pixelated, but this has so far failed to materialize.
One of the themes of the film is the desensitization to violent or disturbing imagery, both real and simulated, in the modern viewer. This is evident from the first scene of the movie, in which high-salaried executives are discussing a business deal on an airplane, completely unfazed by the explosions on the small video screens hanging from the ceiling. When Diane watches schoolgirl pornography in her hotel room in Japan or first checks out the Hellfire Club website, she hardly even stirs. Similar non-reactions can be seen in the characters when the two- and three-dimensional hentai animations are demoed, Elise plays video games in her bedroom, and in the final scene of the film.