TROUBLE EVERY DAY
2001, The Film Desk, 101 min, France/Germany/Japan, Dir: Claire Denis

What if love was a sickness? Or even worse, a cannibalistic impulse that can only be satisfied via utter consumption? Claire Denis follows these questions to their gruesome conclusions in this visceral portrayal of an all-consuming desire. When newlyweds Shane (Vincent Gallo) and June (Tricia Vessey) honeymoon in Paris, the new husband secretly pursues a renowned neuroscientist conducting studies on the human libido. Becoming more involved with Dr. Sémeneau (Alex Descas) and his tests, Shane learns of the doctor’s wife, Coré (Béatrice Dalle), whose strange illness requires her to be quarantined at all times. But all hell breaks loose when Coré escapes and unleashes a sickness deadlier than anyone could have imagined.


35 SHOTS OF RUM
35 RHUMS
2008, The Cinema Guild, 100 min, France/Germany, Dir: Claire Denis

One of Denis’ most poignant films, 35 SHOTS OF RUM portrays a rare father-daughter relationship. The antagonist is time itself, as aging father Lionel (Alex Descas) cannot escape the constant reminder of his impending retirement and the prospect of living alone, while daughter Josephine (Mati Diop), now a grown woman, must look ahead to college graduation and possibly marriage. Luckily, they have friendly neighbors within their apartment building to keep them company and distract them from their fears. “This outstanding new film from Claire Denis demonstrates her fluency and mastery in the kind of movie language that is rich, quietly complex and subtle - and very un-Hollywood.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.


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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