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after watching Beau Travail i hereby decalre she's the best french director (and one of the best directors in general) working today.
the best editing ive seen in years in this movie, and a wonderful cinematography.
it's a miracle how she always keeps the balance between abstract and humanism, a combination that get it's ultimate expression at the final,dancing scene.

it was even better than 35 Shots Of Rum.

Zeno, Monday, 15 February 2010 01:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

looking back, the whole french horror film trend of women completely drenched in blood is largely her doing

http://www.reverseshot.com/files/images/issue25/trouble.jpg

鬼の手 (Edward III), Monday, 15 February 2010 03:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

^ film #40 in my 00s film ballot btw

鬼の手 (Edward III), Monday, 15 February 2010 03:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

She hasn't surpassed Chocolat (Beau Travail: I prefer my erotic contemplation a little more kinetic), but I can't wait to watch Rum.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 15 February 2010 03:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

this is weird because i was going to search for this thread today and forgot to. i just watched beau travail and you're right it's awesome. 35 shots of rum is in queue.

this is awful I want Togo home (harbl), Monday, 15 February 2010 03:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

my favorite director, i think. also i love beatrice dalle

chocolat was her most conventional though! haven't seen '35 shots of rum' yet, and there's a 2009 film as well the title of which escapes me.. was on film comment end of year list, the one of films that haven't been distributed in the US.

daria-g, Monday, 15 February 2010 05:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

it'a called White Material, and from early reviews it seems to go back to The Intruder style (as oppose to the more conventional and warm 35 Rums), but it's not as successful as the former.
it doesnt have a distributer for France or U.S yet, although Isabelle Huppert is in the cast.

Zeno, Monday, 15 February 2010 08:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

i've heard the opposite of reviews - it apparently occupies similar territory to chocolat and is great.

my favorite director, i think.

yeah. even 'minor' denis is great - looking back on the last few films i tend to forget trouble every day and vendredi soir, but they're both great, the latter in particular (& probably the closest to rhums)

has anyone seen her earlier, non-chocolat stuff? she made a docu on a french group called something like mannorun that's meant to be very good.

Norman Mail (schlump), Monday, 15 February 2010 12:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

35 Shots of Rum tonight!

Throwing Muses are reuniting for my next orgasm! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 20 April 2010 20:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

still haven't seen it

i was listening to one of the cinema shows on france culture radio.. projection privee, they interviewed claire denis for the whole show the week of april 3. at some point the interviewer asked about the title of 'white material' and she told this funny story about someone at a screening who mistakenly called it 'white trash' and she was like well yeah kinda! she didn't work with agnes godard on that one, it was the cinematographer who usually works with dumont.

wears suburban hang-ups on her sleeve like some kind of corporate logo (daria-g), Wednesday, 21 April 2010 05:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

she is the head of jury in Canees 2010 Un Certain Regard

Zeno, Wednesday, 21 April 2010 22:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

well, Alfred?

I was kinda whelmed by White Material, and find Beau Travail a tad pretentious despite all the hot Legionnaires.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Friday, 23 April 2010 19:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

kind of shrill and very self-righteous

… (Lamp), Friday, 23 April 2010 19:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

i really like trouble every day but i like "cold" and "unflinching"

… (Lamp), Friday, 23 April 2010 19:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7j9iSbz0qc

<3 <3 <3

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Friday, 21 May 2010 14:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

my favorite director, i think.

Mine, too.

35 Shots of Rum is perfect! Beau Travail is still her best, but Rum is up there. Alfred, I think Noé (Gregoire Colin's character) is much more sympathetic than you give him credit for. The key to the ending can be found in Ozu's Late Spring.

Cherish, Tuesday, 15 June 2010 00:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm going to rewatch it.

Is The Intruder worth a soak?

Filmmaker, Author, Radio Host Stephen Baldwin (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 June 2010 15:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Intruder is definitely worth watching. It's much less linear than her other films. I'm not even sure what happens in it, especially in the second half. But, it's beautiful and fascinating, and, by the end, I felt like I was beginning to understand some things about the characters, even if I couldn't tell what parts of the movie were real and what were imagined/dreamed.

Cherish, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 00:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

"The Intruder is definitely worth watching"

otm

very interesting film. while not everything works - some of the images (which are mainly about crossing physical and mental borders) are perfect.

Zeno, Thursday, 17 June 2010 09:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

White Material is quite something... with Denis i'm never sure what the hell to think but "quite something" is usually about the extent of what i can come up with. it's very Denis, very immersive, it drops you right in in the middle of a situation and allows you to work things through or not depending on how involved you get. i was actually floundering for most of the film, trying to make the connections (on as simple a level as trying to work out who the hell people are as well as trying to fit together the deeper political social and familial framework). stylistically i would say it occupies an exact middle ground between chocolat and l'intrus. definitely worth seeking out.

jed_, Friday, 18 June 2010 23:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

In terms of actors we have Huppert and Christopher Lambert, who i haven't seen in years. almost every other major part, and some of the minor ones, is played by an actor who has been in a Denis film before. Issac de Bankole, Michel Subor, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Adèle Ado...

DS: You use a lot of the same actors repeatedly, which creates a kind of ongoing dialogue between each of your films.

CD: It's not a career decision. When a film is over, I am missing those people, I want them a little more. One film is not enough with them, so we need another one. And it's the same with the people I'm working with. Like Agnés. I never have enough of them. I think life offers a lot of variation and diversity, but I enjoy this diversity with the people I like. We glance at each other and we know what we are doing without a word because we trust each other. And this feeling is great. And it doesn't mean it makes things easy, because also this sort of trust is very demanding. The need is always never to be frustrated, never to be tired of working together.

jed_, Saturday, 19 June 2010 00:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

was gonna see 35 shots of rum on netflix but it's coming to a theater near me so i will wait. pumped tbh

Hans-Jörg Butt (harbl), Saturday, 19 June 2010 01:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

White Material is showing here in a coupla weeks. 35 Rhums was great.

admrl, Saturday, 19 June 2010 01:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I really enjoyed White Material, but found it to be rather simple. It could be the structuring which leads to a mood of foreboding (Tindersticks help massively here). While it is complex, I think it has a very particular view on colonialism and Huppert's character that is unbending. Really great film, all in all, but not up to the standard of 35 Shots of Rum (which I saw at the cinema again tonight), which has a magnificent ambiguity in regards to its central theme.

orakle-krake (Gukbe), Tuesday, 27 July 2010 23:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

vendredi soir is still the only denis I've seen - it was so slight I just ignored her afterwards

have l'intrus and 35 shots sat here tho to watch as soon as I've digested assayas' carlos

cozen, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 23:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

get with the program, cozen

orakle-krake (Gukbe), Tuesday, 27 July 2010 23:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

hopefully white material will show in my crap town...can't get enough of huppert especially in a denis film...

markholmes, Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Really great film, all in all, but not up to the standard of 35 Shots of Rum (which I saw at the cinema again tonight), which has a magnificent ambiguity in regards to its central theme.

Gukbe, what do you mean by ambiguity in Rum? The only Denis film where I see real ambiguity is L'Intrus.

Cherish, Wednesday, 28 July 2010 14:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

Well, no plot ambiguity, just character motivation as well as a twisting of the running theme of family and letting go. It seems to me (for a myriad of reasons, really) that Josephine SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS marries Noé to keep their family unit together. The bond and the strength and the comfort they've taken from those relationships might prevent Lionel or another one of them from ending up like René, but at the same time traps them.

orakle-krake (Gukbe), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 15:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

Got it. Thanks. I interpret their motivations differently, but I see where you're coming from. And, there's some of the same sort of ambiguity of motivation in Ozu's Late Spring!

Cherish, Wednesday, 28 July 2010 15:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

anyone see no fear, no die? outside shorts and the rivette docu it's my one blank spot.

schlump, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have. It's worth seeing, though it's lesser Denis. Isaach de Bankolé and Alex Descas give good, intense performances, as you'd expect. It has an extremely claustrophobic atmosphere, where seething resentments and racial tensions contribute to a man's slow breakdown. See it!

Cherish, Wednesday, 25 August 2010 16:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

should white material get its own thread?

/\/K/\/\, Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

liked it a lot btw

/\/K/\/\, Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

Weird -- watched a bit of I Can't Sleep two hours ago.

look at it, pwn3d, made u look at my peen/vadge (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

bumping for Morbs' White Material input.

Gukbe, Sunday, 5 December 2010 16:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

I thought White Material was pretty bad, and politically dodgy. Really disappointed after her last few films were so great.

big up yourself and encounter (admrl), Monday, 13 December 2010 21:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

explain politically dodgy

Gukbe, Tuesday, 14 December 2010 04:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

beau travail looked GORGEOUS and i was watching on vhs

anyone seen Home ? - 08 isabelle huppert -- sounds cheesy but agnes godard

white material was playing down the street from me and i somehow didnt know abt it til its last night when i couldnt go :(

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 8 March 2011 03:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

watched Nenette et Boni a couple weeks ago — incredibly sensual but I had a problem understanding the characters' motivations.

corey, Tuesday, 8 March 2011 04:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

finally getting to White Material tomorrow (luscious Criterion edition).

My mom is all about capital gains tax butthurtedness (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 17:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

it is 50% off on Amazon today.

Gukbe, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 17:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

No thanks!

My mom is all about capital gains tax butthurtedness (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 17:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

semi-related: there's a beautiful pick from the white material score on the tindersticks sampler that came with sight and sound. it makes me want to check out the whole thing.

sensual bathtub (group: 698) (schlump), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 23:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

apparently she wrote an enthusiastic piece on kore-eda in cahiers, once. i wish i could find it. i have US Go Home queued up for some spare night soon.

stately, plump bunk moreland (schlump), Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

oh wow u.s. go home. as good as the others, i wasn't expecting it.

honest weights, square dealings (schlump), Tuesday, 4 October 2011 23:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

excellent. I didn't care for White Material.

Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 4 October 2011 23:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

i- i think i still have that confusion from white material, the way i did catching in the mood for love after chungking, expecting the latter so not knowing how to deal with the former. & i was so psyched for white material but, that it obviously wasn't giving me what i'd expected from 35 rhums, not necessarily in tone but just in such exquisite juxtaposition & montage, threw me. i feel like if i rescreened i'd probably admire greatly - it's breadth is a lot to take in at first, and the son's weird tangent feels like a digression. i liked its tension. that is probably what everyone says.

but i almost feel bad, thinking about white material while watching us go home, because i so just want her to do that, do her thing, film people dancing and make a muybridge wheel from the faces you see each time the pair rotate. & i wonder how it must feel preparing to make another film, knowing that zooming into any kind of territory in which people are bouncing off each other & relating & gently affecting one another would give her opportunity to do that again and again. you so inhabit the mood of a girl attending a party that has excited while on the horizon but which disappoints and leaves one directionless while attending. there is a scene of two girls being kind of loud on a bus, & you are even 'with' them then, understanding them, remembering. it unfolds so gracefully.

i probably would have got around to catching this sooner had someone told me how much of it was dancing. really a canonical teenage film, i think (would have to build up the rest of this canon, but: seventeen, paranoid park, ..?)

http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/2585/vlcsnap2011100500h00m06.png

honest weights, square dealings (schlump), Tuesday, 4 October 2011 23:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

WM felt like a step backward: a re-examiniation of the Chocolat material without the precision.

Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 4 October 2011 23:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

bastards is really intense, def has lots of lynchian dread

johnny crunch, Friday, 25 October 2013 21:54 (five years ago) Permalink

On Demand today and I have no access or money. :(

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Friday, 25 October 2013 21:59 (five years ago) Permalink

won't c&p it cuz its spoilery but the last few lines of the nyt interview article w/ denis re this is sorta wildly illuminating

johnny crunch, Friday, 25 October 2013 22:02 (five years ago) Permalink

tindersticks also fuckin kills it as per yoosh

johnny crunch, Friday, 25 October 2013 22:05 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Bastards is sort of a compelling pile of crap.

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 30 November 2013 16:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Not her best but not crap.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Saturday, 30 November 2013 18:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Don't think Chiara works as a character that well but everything else pretty great. Long Goodbye vibes.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Saturday, 30 November 2013 18:04 (five years ago) Permalink

i see a lot of similarities between "beau travail" and alan clarke's "contact". military setting, austere feel, lack of dialogue/exposition

subaltern 8 (Michael B), Saturday, 30 November 2013 23:50 (five years ago) Permalink

oh I wish it had 10% of the fun of Long Goodbye

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 1 December 2013 06:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Well the "fun" bit wasn't what I was talking about.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Sunday, 1 December 2013 06:58 (five years ago) Permalink

I forget that with cable I get to pay for some of these films for less than at the box office, and Bastards one of them.

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 02:25 (five years ago) Permalink

"More fun." Yes, that's clearly what this material warranted.

Alfre, Lord Woodard (Eric H.), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 14:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Seeing a lot of people comparing this one to L'Intrus in form, which I guess I can kinda see. But it's the version of L'Intrus I didn't f'n loathe.

Alfre, Lord Woodard (Eric H.), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 14:19 (five years ago) Permalink

The terseness of her editing is at its peak in the first half; dunno what to think of the last 15 min though.

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 14:28 (five years ago) Permalink

it's the version of L'Intrus I did f'n loathe

the "serious" material is treated with unserious pomposity

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 14:59 (five years ago) Permalink

C'mon, I love art-house severity as much as the next guy, but L'Intrus was impenetrable wankery of the first order.

Alfre, Lord Woodard (Eric H.), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 15:08 (five years ago) Permalink

L'Intrus was impenetrable wankery of the first order.

I think L'intrus is the dream-logic version of a film you might have liked. As if Wild Strawberries had been only dreams, for example, and if Borg were consumed by guilt. It's not wankery when you've watched it a few times.

I liked Bastards, too. But, yeah, the end is baffling. It's crazy atmospheric, yes, but why show us the footage? It's so unlike her.

Cherish, Wednesday, 4 December 2013 18:18 (five years ago) Permalink

forever since i saw l'intrus but it's a pretty ridiculous comparison to me, here. i was so shocked by the distance between what i was expecting of this, based on cannes reviews & other feedback - basically unusually trained, un-peripatetic torture porn - & what this film actually is (obviously the takehome here is just never read anything reported from cannes i know i know); the film is maybe only mildly more intense than, & in its reach & perspective is very similar to, j'ai pas sommeil. i wonder whether the part of the response that considers this just compelling trash is really just all of the thread involving the gun, & its denouement, which: yeah are their own little kinda noir episode. but there was still a lot to like about this. it gave me enough pause & space & stimulus to circle around everything you see in a way more interesting way than we've ever otherwise accustomed to. like the lindon performance is really interesting, i think. everybody laughed when he snapped off some of the baguette. the sex made me feel emasculated, & that it was so convincing of him & so distressing at more of a distance (for me). & she's just so confident with every other small role - the little boy, the bruno forestier guy ("jerk me off"), &c.

found it really interesting to see her working with digital; i thought maybe a third of it was jarring - like the shots of alex descas - & at other points she was in this beautiful new mode, the scene on the boat, lindon talking in the back of the car, & man a couple of really exquisite, i-guess-chris-doyle-ish shots like the opening rain.

love mike love (ko komo) (schlump), Saturday, 14 December 2013 02:49 (five years ago) Permalink

But, yeah, the end is baffling. It's crazy atmospheric, yes, but why show us the footage? It's so unlike her.

i really disagree with this! i think she's obviously very committed to a kind of panorama, which trusts somebody to leave out the specifics, but i don't think that's noticably elliptical or shy. there are shots in 35 rhums & i'm just gonna assume from memory trouble every day that aren't dissimilar, & for it to bookend the film confrontationally feels like a necessary element of what the film was about, particularly given the reference points of like the unindictable DSK, &c.

love mike love (ko komo) (schlump), Saturday, 14 December 2013 02:52 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
one month passes...

olafur eliasson being involved is orders of magnitude more exciting imo

tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Sunday, 30 August 2015 03:58 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Anyone seen Let the Sunshine In? Gonna do so tomorrow. Pinkerton loves it:

The true testimony to the preeminence of Let the Sunshine In is not in its selection of themes, but in its remarkable attention to the fine grain of human behavior. Put plainly, I know of few filmmakers who bring to bear an emotional and cinematographic intelligence and attention from scene to scene that is comparable to that of Denis. (I have interviewed the filmmaker only once, and her keen insistence of cross-examining my clumsily worded questions until they achieved absolute precision of language still keeps me up nights.) The drawn-out pas de deux between Isabelle and her actor friend is a perfect illustration of Denis’s craft, a low-key set piece that invests with aching feeling the proximity of two hands and the possibilities that this proximity suggests, the inherent erotic tension of an idling car, and the comical pretext of a nightcap champagne bottle left unopened on a living room coffee table.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 15:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's pretty fucking good. Perhaps not Denis' best, but good. Her run from 1999-2009 is a pretty stunning ten years of filmmaking.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 9 May 2018 16:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

Loved it!!!

flappy bird, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 01:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

lots of hate on my Letterboxd feed; i think it's easily her best since 35 Rhums

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 27 May 2018 01:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...
one month passes...

Had a second go at The Intruder, 13 years after the first. Still somewhat baffled, but variations on a theme of searching for a heart and a son, I guess? At least one great joke: "Do you want a glass of water?" followed by a cut to the rolling ocean.

DP Agnes Godard was there for a Q&A (35mm, Lincoln Center) and said "I miss the negative... digital is mathematic, film is intuitive." And a quintessential LincCtr old woman in the back third of the theater couldn't help herself even before the audience was called on, shouting "WHAT IS THE FILM ABOUT!?!"

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 29 July 2018 16:03 (five months ago) Permalink

Lol

3-Way Tie (For James Last) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 29 July 2018 16:24 (five months ago) Permalink

i really fucking hate old people for someone who almost is one

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 29 July 2018 16:35 (five months ago) Permalink

She's not wrong.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Sunday, 29 July 2018 16:36 (five months ago) Permalink

you and the Upper West Side Golden Girls are united on this one

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 29 July 2018 16:49 (five months ago) Permalink

Lol, I asked Claire Denis a question at one of those Q&As once, but that was when I was much further from approaching my dotage.

3-Way Tie (For James Last) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 29 July 2018 17:02 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

that feeling when you learn A24 bought Claire Denis’ HIGH LIFE and is planning a big theatrical release. pic.twitter.com/VgMN9kb7uQ

— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) September 12, 2018

:)

flappy bird, Thursday, 13 September 2018 17:22 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
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Blind spot for me so I started chronologically watching her filmography at the weekend.

Chocolat is stunning - a great companion piece to Wargnier's (lesser but still v good) Indochine which I watched the other week. I love the exploration of the post-colonial feeling of, I don't know the best word, "rootlessness" maybe? All this has reminded me to have a rewatch of Zama now it's out on DVD.

Nearly more impressed with the fact that no animals were hurt during S'en fout la mort than the actual film. Didn't quite expect the subtleness and I can tell I will be chewing on the ideas here for a while.

I like Poeltls (fionnland), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 21:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Beau Travail wonderfully beguiling

flappy bird, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 17:42 (two months ago) Permalink

J'ai pas sommeil rolled along very nicely but I was definitely enjoying the wandering direction and little glances of the whole thing more before the murder plot came to the fore.

U.S. Go Home was unexpectedly very fun but delicate where required - a few lovely sequences. The brother's spazz out dance sequence is superb, as is the Dad dancing at the lame party. Got a bit of an American Graffiti vibe. Unexpected Vincent Gallo!


you so inhabit the mood of a girl attending a party that has excited while on the horizon but which disappoints and leaves one directionless while attending. there is a scene of two girls being kind of loud on a bus, & you are even 'with' them then, understanding them, remembering. it unfolds so gracefully.

i probably would have got around to catching this sooner had someone told me how much of it was dancing. really a canonical teenage film, i think (would have to build up the rest of this canon, but: seventeen, paranoid park, ..?)

― honest weights, square dealings (schlump),

schlump nailed it. Highly recommend.

Clam up, seal dick (fionnland), Monday, 19 November 2018 23:34 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

just watched Friday Night........ well holy shit.

flappy bird, Friday, 11 January 2019 04:56 (one week ago) Permalink

One of my absolute faves by her. Hard to believe the same filmmaker made that silly, recent and overrated one with Binoche.

So, This Leaked (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 11 January 2019 15:41 (one week ago) Permalink

I like both fine.

I remember her doing a Q&A at the NYFF for Friday Night, which is based on a novel by Emmanuèle Bernheim. Someone asked, "Why did these two people fall in love?"

CD replied, "Because the book said so."

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 January 2019 15:55 (one week ago) Permalink

xp Friday Night felt completely of a piece with Let the Sunshine In... certainly superior, in every way, a masterpiece, it's more surprising that the same filmmaker made White Material, Trouble Every Day, and 35 Rhums.

flappy bird, Friday, 11 January 2019 17:28 (one week ago) Permalink

why do you say that flappy (I haven't seen Vendredi Soir)

longish article and interview here:

http://cinema-scope.com/features/soft-and-hard-claire-denis-on-high-life/

I bailed on it once I realised it was v. spoilery.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Friday, 11 January 2019 18:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Xp Funny I really l see the similarities between Vendredi Soir, and 35 Rhums. Trouble Every Day is her massive outlier for me, both in style and quality, and it’s a fine movie.

Still need to see Bastards, Let the Sunshine In, and High Life.

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:11 (one week ago) Permalink

just that Friday Night is so impressionistic and painterly. the similarity to LTSI is just in the way she shoots naked bodies up close. there's more plot in LTSI, in Friday Night there's hardly any.

flappy bird, Friday, 11 January 2019 19:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, to me Friday Night and 35 Rhums exist almost as companion pieces to each other.

So, This Leaked (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:28 (one week ago) Permalink

I saw it for the first time recently but I need to watch 35 Rhums again, I wasn't really in the best mood & was pretty distracted. Didn't realize it was an update of Late Spring until later but the similarities are obvious, especially that final shot (which is great).

flappy bird, Friday, 11 January 2019 19:32 (one week ago) Permalink


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