Trouble Every Day

October 26, 2012

directed by Claire Denis, 2001

Rarely enabling itself to be clearly defined or labeled, Trouble Every Day is an oppressively quiet and poetic subversion of the horror genre from French auteur Claire Denis. There’s a muted hunger on display here that isn’t always conventionally defined or embodied. The small cast floats in and out of this Parisian world in an isolated malady that expands when agitated. Denis has never been interested in traditional storytelling, and this is perhaps the closest she’ll come to delivering a traditional genre work. Always concise and primarily elusive, this 2001 film may seem like a glaring outlier in Denis’ oeuvre, but it’s solely comprised and rightfully at home within the director’s filmography. The usual horror tropes aren’t contained within Denis’ somber depiction of addiction, but rather, a tragic telling of the ability and inability to love shown through the director’s identifiable elliptical and stylistic traits.

Full review at Sound on Sight


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