Claire Denis: Trouble Every Day
Screening Dates
  • June 7, 2019 6:30
  • June 8, 2019 8:30
  • June 10, 2019 9:00

Claire Denis’s evocative debut feature brought her to international attention when it premiered at Cannes in 1988. Denis spent her childhood as a French colonial in West Africa, where her father was stationed. The semi-autobiographical Chocolat is structured as the memories of a woman who, as a young girl in the 1950s, lived with her family in French Cameroon. The film focuses on the relationship between eight-year-old France (Cécile Ducasse) and the family’s Cameroonian houseboy” Protée (Isaach De Bankolé)—and on the sexual tension simmering between Protée and France’s mother Aimée (Giulia Boschi). The delicate balance of the household is upset by the arrival of a group of strangers, stranded by a nearby plane crash. The themes of this intimate, intricately observed work—race, class, sex, desire, eroticism, colonialism, family, Otherness”—have become signature Claire Denis concerns. The score is by South Africa’s Abdullah Ibrahim. Print courtesy TIFF Film Reference Library.