Trouble Every Day

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Directed by Claire Denis.
With Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle.
France, 2001, 35mm, color, 101 min.
French with English subtitles.

Recent French cinema has been marked by a startling move toward more graphic depictions of sexuality and violence as witnessed in works by Gaspar Noé, Catherine Breillat and Marina de Van. Claire Denis joins the fray with this controversial work which tracks two parallel stories. One involves an employee of an American pharmaceutical company (Gallo) honeymooning in Paris with his new bride (Vessey), whom he neglects in favor of more grisly pursuits. Meanwhile, a French scientist (Alex Descas) tries desperately to contain the cannibalistic desires of his wife (Dalle). A director best known for her forays into the banalities of the everyday, Denis uses the vampire genre to explore the complex politics of desire.

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