NÉNETTE AND BONI
1996, Strand Releasing, 103 min, France, Dir: Claire Denis

Directing with the same delicacy that infused her films of the early 1990s, Claire Denis takes on the subject of broken families in this thoughtful tale of a sibling reunion. When Boni’s (Grégoire Colin) mother dies, he wastes no time moving his friends into her now-vacant house and focusing on his job baking pizzas for an eccentric couple. His plans are upended by a sudden visit from his estranged younger sister, Nénette (Alice Houri), who had run away from boarding school after their parents' divorce. To make matters worse, Nénette is pregnant, a fact that neither sibling is prepared to deal with. Co-starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Vincent Gallo and featuring an original soundtrack by Denis’ frequent collaborators, Tindersticks.


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