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Trouble Every Day

France/Germany/Japan 2001. Dir: Claire Denis. 101 min. 35mm

IMPORTED 35mm PRINT! Claire Denis’s polarizing erotic shocker, a tale of devouring sexual desire, scandalized Cannes and stands as a defining work of the transgressive New French Extremity movement. The Brown Bunny’s Vincent Gallo and Betty Blue’s Béatrice Dalle star as unfortunates afflicted with a condition that turns sexual hunger into, literally, hunger for flesh. He’s an American honeymooning in Paris. She’s a Frenchwoman married to a doctor. Denis’s freak-out movie, an outré meeting of art film and splatter film, is named after a song from Frank Zappa’s album Freak Out! The cinematography is by Agnès Godard and the score by British chamber-pop band Tindersticks; both are regular Denis collaborators. “A hypnotic, unsettling work by one of the most sensuous filmmakers of the last 25 years ... This initially castigated movie fits in with the tantamount themes that have dominated Denis’s work since Beau travail: madness, desire, and power” (Melissa Anderson, Village Voice). Print courtesy of Institut Français, thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.

 

REVIEWS

★★★★★ "Inimitable ... Denis shoots this grisly-erotic roundelay in her distinctively woozy and elliptical style."

Time Out | full review

"There’s possibly no other living director as in sync with the politics of touch as Denis."

Slant Magazine | full review