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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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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

admrl, Saturday, 19 June 2010 01:25 (nine years ago) link

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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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

get with the program, cozen

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

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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should white material get its own thread?

/\/K/\/\, Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:02 (nine years ago) link

liked it a lot btw

/\/K/\/\, Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:03 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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bumping for Morbs' White Material input.

Gukbe, Sunday, 5 December 2010 16:31 (nine years ago) link

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) link

explain politically dodgy

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

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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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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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 (eight years ago) link

it is 50% off on Amazon today.

Gukbe, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 17:17 (eight years ago) link

No thanks!

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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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 (eight years ago) link

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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 (eight years ago) link

excellent. I didn't care for White Material.

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

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, ..?)

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

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 (eight years ago) link

would really be testing my memory & its ability to correlate material seen years apart to compare the two, here, but i don't know if it isn't too narrow to treat them as being similar; i feel like WM is kinda intended as a very sensory 'mood piece', with a whole psychotic underside, making you inhabit isabelle huppert & taking you through her routine as it grows more claustrophobic, i guess still looking at displacement and belonging and stuff, but in quite a different way/from a diff POV than chocolat. which was precise, and more level, as far as i remember. i guess i'm arguing that locale & even subject, colonialism, don't qualify as being the same 'material', which i'd feel more nervous about were it not for mood being as significant an aspect of denis' films as anything else in them.

honest weights, square dealings (schlump), Wednesday, 5 October 2011 00:04 (eight years ago) link

I know what you're saying. In WM her method of evoking fails her though. I wrote at the time: "Her her fondness for lacuna can turn her pictures into thesis statements for unfinished college essays."

Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 October 2011 00:08 (eight years ago) link

ha, yeah - like i say i don't want to really judge the success of WM because i was slightly mixed up when watching it, but i think that's interesting & nails her 'approach'. it really is a long time since i saw chocolat, however, & i think i keep it separate from the more sensuous, evocative films because it isn't (iirc) using that toolset to talk to the viewer. i think that sparsity in white material is part of its intentionally uneven, ill-fitting & anxious sprawl, though that perhaps contradicts what i said about the film being her interior POV.

i went to see CD in conversation a while ago, incidentally, & have been meaning to dig out the notebook i was using at the time to transcribe what i scribbled down - was v inspirational, the debate coinciding with the box set of tindersticks' film scores that came out so kinda musically themed, but just very lovely in general. she has this great voice that sounds like every cigarette she ever smoked. there's an interesting clip here where she starts to talk about montage, w/a lovely off-hand line about the significance of a chair in a scene.

honest weights, square dealings (schlump), Wednesday, 5 October 2011 00:19 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

i was thinking about denis films, i guess in anticipation of the next, & suddenly found or thought that something they have in common is this slightly unwieldy, slightly too expansive range. in each there is ordinarily an extra thread that loosens the focus - the son in white material, the murders in i can't sleep, even the depressed driver in something as otherwise fairly compact as rhums. it's strange for me to think of them with reference to this one characteristic, as if there's something imperfect or misjudged about them, when i think it probably can't be neatly separated from what makes the films work. the best thing that haneke does is show a disconnect between the participants in his films, a moment with a child talking to an adult in which each is clearly on a different frequency. & i feel like maybe denis does the opposite, in giving us enough of a sense of space and variety and sprawl as to understand the connections made against that backdrop. it isn't that she's going for that panoramic or sort of modernist-Dos-Passos-narrative thing, i don't think. i don't know what it is. but she obviously does something through montage and territory that no-one else does & it feels surprising to notice a commonality that isn't as immediately celebratable as, you know, her dance scenes or smart use of music or smoldering leads or w/e.

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Sunday, 28 April 2013 21:19 (six years ago) link

Ah, I think that's a very interesting way to describe her films! Look at the way Nenette et Boni begins, circling the neighborhood, tugging at threads/stories until one comes loose enough to follow for a while; or at L'intrus, where almost the whole film is extra threads, and it's not clear how they relate, or which ones could be called the focus. It's definitely not panorama she's going for, but, to work with your thread motif, more as if a piece of cloth were roughly torn away, leaving dangling ends and frayed edges. It's not neat, because it's not a story or a picture but a collection of ideas, and ideas connect and branch off and continue. It's not necessary to follow them to see where they lead, but simply to acknowledge this entanglement all around. I think it's a lovely thing she's doing, and completely celebratable.

Cherish, Tuesday, 30 April 2013 03:10 (six years ago) link

Is there some kind of conspiracy that's made her earlier films so hard to find and expensive? (Other than Chocolat). Are the French keeping her to themselves on purpose?

inventionsforjohn, Monday, 13 May 2013 11:11 (six years ago) link

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saw Chocolat for the first time today, wow. Best film about colonialism by a Westerner?

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 20 October 2013 01:59 (six years ago) link

I wanna say Outcast of the Islands but, no, she understands movement.

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 20 October 2013 02:16 (six years ago) link

bastards is really intense, def has lots of lynchian dread

johnny crunch, Friday, 25 October 2013 21:54 (six years ago) link

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

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

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 (six years ago) link

tindersticks also fuckin kills it as per yoosh

johnny crunch, Friday, 25 October 2013 22:05 (six years ago) link

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Bastards is sort of a compelling pile of crap.

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

Not her best but not crap.

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

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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

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

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

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

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 (six years ago) link

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

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

"usually we close late on Fridays; but with the strike..."

Dan S, Saturday, 2 February 2019 04:06 (ten months ago) link

I really don't understand what the deal was with the anchovy squiggling on the pizza in Friday Night. there were a bunch of other surreal moments in that film too

I love Claire Denis

Dan S, Saturday, 2 February 2019 04:22 (ten months ago) link

other surreal moments…the brief imagined scene of her with Vincent Lindon at her friend’s apartment with the crying baby, the elision of a scene showing an encounter with him on the stairs at the arcade with one of her brushing her hair in the restroom, so close up it’s hard to guess what’s happening, right at the moment she decides to take a chance

Dan S, Sunday, 3 February 2019 02:55 (ten months ago) link

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The Intruder is the first Denis film I’m not crazy about. It had striking moments visually, and the idea of the stalker was interesting, but between the dreams, portrayal of past events, and the current day narrative it was frustrating to try to make sense of it

Maybe a couple more viewings and I will appreciate it

Dan S, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 02:10 (nine months ago) link

i hope you will. it's one of her best.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 03:53 (nine months ago) link

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That is a film I fell in love with instantly. I have yet to see all other Denis movies apart from the latest with Juliette Binoche, but the memory of The Intruder still lingers on, years after the viewing.
The confusionary state(s) it put across was the thing I most loved about it.

Max Florian, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 10:50 (eight months ago) link

she'll be here too

metrograph.com/series/series/213/an-evening-with-claire-denis

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 17:07 (eight months ago) link

Coming up to the city for the last day of High Life and missing the Kaurismäki Metrograph retro by one day 😔

flappy bird, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:29 (eight months ago) link

saw Bastards. I like that Claire Denis uses The Tindersticks in the soundtracks of two of her films

Dan S, Thursday, 4 April 2019 01:47 (eight months ago) link

She's used the Tindersticks or Stuart Staples in every film she's made since Nenette et Boni in 1996!

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Thursday, 4 April 2019 01:57 (eight months ago) link

never saw Nenette et Boni, only started noticing it with the title song to Trouble Every Day. didn't realize that they did the scores for 35 Rhums and White Material

Dan S, Thursday, 4 April 2019 02:21 (eight months ago) link

I like that! US Go Home is another one of her films I still have to watch

glad to see Gregoire Colin show up in so many of her films

Dan S, Sunday, 7 April 2019 23:53 (eight months ago) link

she loves amateur dance scenes so much. i do too!

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Sunday, 7 April 2019 23:56 (eight months ago) link

They always express character.

Alex Descas is amazing in No Fear No Die… viscerally painful. And 180 degrees from his character 18 years later in 35 Rhums.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 03:42 (seven months ago) link

I really liked ‘35 Rhums’ but don’t think I’ve seen any of Denis’ other films.

michaellambert, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 08:29 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Do you have gluten-free olives?

flappy bird, Monday, 3 June 2019 18:16 (six months ago) link

That actor is Xavier Beauvois, the director of Of Gods and Men and Les Guardiennes. He's very good in that scene!

Shite New Answers (jed_), Monday, 3 June 2019 18:43 (six months ago) link

yep

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 3 June 2019 18:56 (six months ago) link

Bfi putting on a season of her films this month

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 June 2019 21:59 (six months ago) link

I just got back from Brazil and felt like banging you!

flappy bird, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:49 (six months ago) link

keep it to yourself streaming here http://www.lecinemaclub.com/

devvvine, Friday, 14 June 2019 21:25 (five months ago) link

for yourself*

devvvine, Friday, 14 June 2019 21:26 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

thinking back on it, "high life" plays better in my head as one big joke about being way too high all the time

cheese canopy (map), Wednesday, 28 August 2019 19:55 (three months ago) link

or onanistic

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 August 2019 20:32 (three months ago) link

High Life is a really great title

Dan S, Thursday, 29 August 2019 02:41 (three months ago) link


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