Ninon is a spirited hotel-manager who teaches self-defense classes to her terrified elderly neighbors. Daiga, an aspiring Lithuanian actress newly arrived to Paris, comes to live at the hotel and becomes fascinated with the life of a mysteriously beautiful drag performer, Camille. Camille occasionally seeks refuge at the home of his brother, Theo, a quiet Antillean musician and carpenter who longs to return with his child to his native land against the wishes of his estranged wife, Mona. Through the medium of these characters unfolds a provocative and chilling examination of the intersecting lives of the lovers, acquaintances, family members, and victims of a serial killer. –inbaseline.com
A provocative director whose films offer richly textured, contemplative examinations of cross-cultural tensions and alienation, Claire Denis is one of French cinema’s most distinctive and humanistic storytellers. A prolific filmmaker who is more concerned with the drive of her characters rather than the plot that weaves them together, she has been dubbed by one critic as one of the only current French directors who “has been able to reconcile the lyricism of French cinema with the impulse to capture the often harsh face of contemporary France.”
Born in Paris on April 21, 1948, Denis, the daughter of a civil servant, was raised in a series of African countries until she was 14, when her family returned to France. She learned about filmmaking as an assistant to a number of notable directors, including Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire), Jim Jarmusch (Down by Law), and Costa-Gavras (Hanna K.). She made her directorial and screenwriting debut in 1988 with Chocolat, a lush exploration… read more
I really loved the subtlety of this film and the strange atmosphere. Yekaterina Golubeva remains one of my favourite actresses. Her presence gives a lot to the film.
as usual i walk away from another denis film feeling totally crushed and hopeless and melancholy in all of the right ways. i feel like it's difficult to talk about what her films to do me because, like most great cinema, they have their own kind of language that i can't translate into words. so gorgeous.
Claire Denis has not always been well served by her poster artists. Oddly, for a director who has made some of the most beautiful, sensual
"Claire Denis returns to Africa in White Material, a powerful recognition of the continent's tragic present that focuses on a white
I’ve been watching this movie for YEARS and just recently found out that some of the events in the film are based on real murders. Claire Denis’ often forgotten about mid-90’s film ‘I Cant Sleep’ takes… read review
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