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.


NOSFERATU, THE VAMPYRE
1979, 107 min, Dir: Werner Herzog

An homage to Murnau’s 1922 classic, Herzog’s NOSFERATU achieves its own hypnotic power by evoking a romantic past of waterfalls and mist-filled valleys, and through the eerie sensuality of Klaus Kinski’s performance. Like Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo, Kinski’s Nosferatu is driven by the need for an unknowable spiritual ecstasy - in this case, Isabelle Adjani’s ethereal Lucy. With Bruno Ganz.


TRASH HUMPERS
2009, Drag City, 78 min, Dir: Harmony Korine

A gang of elderly people wander the nighttime back alleys of Nashville, hidden behind grotesque latex masks, causing general chaos until they find the perfect discarded junk to gyrate against. Korine’s attempt to make a project as fast as possible resulted in a damaged, non-aesthetic style shot and edited entirely on VHS. This non-narrative, utterly uncategorizable movie has elements of zombie horror, black comedy, cultural satire and home video. A love letter to a bizarre subculture Korine himself created for the film, TRASH HUMPERS plays like a thrift-store digger’s ultimate found-footage score … if they were hunting through the greatest Goodwill in Hell.


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