Trouble Every Day (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  

France/Germany/Japan, 2001.  , , , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Claire Denis, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by

Claire Denis makes her way into the world of horror with his moody, sexy drama.  and have arrived in Paris for their honeymoon, but their bliss is short-lived by his needing to keep up with medical contacts about their genetic experiments that seem to be turning people feral.  It’s not an action movie, it’s an emotional piece that just happens to have the odd, blood-smeared wall, making the allegory of lovemaking as cannibalism about as subtle as a screaming zombie. Denis is far too intelligent a filmmaker to make so blatant a statement without still infusing it with subtext, so the main disappointment with this one is that the characters don’t have the resonance that her personalities often do, while the visuals are not as rich as in her best films.  That she made something so challenging after the triumph of her critically acclaimed Beau Travailhowever, and didn’t seek out a more widespread audience, speaks highly of her integrity.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2001

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