Claire Denis

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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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

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

— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) September 12, 2018


flappy bird, Thursday, 13 September 2018 17:22 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...
one month passes...

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 (one year ago) link

Beau Travail wonderfully beguiling

flappy bird, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 17:42 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

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

flappy bird, Friday, 11 January 2019 04:56 (one year ago) link

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 year ago) link

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 year ago) link

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 year ago) link

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

longish article and interview here:

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

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

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 year ago) link

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 year ago) link

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 year ago) link

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 year ago) link

I never made the connection between 35 Rhums and Late Spring before

Dan S, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:43 (one year ago) link

I need to watch it again too, I've only recently come to understand the pleasure of watching her films, when I first started they seemed so oblique and subtle it was hard for me to latch on to them.

Dan S, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 01:06 (one year ago) link

she does the whole close body thing so well

Dan S, Saturday, 2 February 2019 04:03 (one year ago) link

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

Dan S, Saturday, 2 February 2019 04:06 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

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 (one year ago) link

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

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

two weeks pass...

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 (one year ago) link

she'll be here too

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

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

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

one month passes...

Do you have gluten-free olives?

flappy bird, Monday, 3 June 2019 18:16 (one year 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 (one year ago) link


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

Bfi putting on a season of her films this month

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 June 2019 21:59 (one year ago) link

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

flappy bird, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:49 (one year ago) link

keep it to yourself streaming here

devvvine, Friday, 14 June 2019 21:25 (one year ago) link

for yourself*

devvvine, Friday, 14 June 2019 21:26 (one year 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 (eleven 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 (eleven months ago) link

High Life is a really great title

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

six months pass...

Bad take

“The fact Adèle Haenel got up and walked out [at the Césars] – I mean, she has the right to, but with her finger pointed at us shouting "shame!" – I found that a bit strange. People voted, they thought Polanski's film was the best, that's the Césars." – Claire Denis

— Film Updates (@FilmUpdates) March 9, 2020

Alain the Botton (jed_), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:38 (five months ago) link


flappy bird, Monday, 9 March 2020 18:02 (five months ago) link

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