A masterpiece & the first Claire Denis film I've seen. She's a master! And she's got mad style but isn't a show off. A touching & gentle film, filled with feeling and humanity. Very Ozu-like in its treatment of family & aging; very reminiscent of Late Spring but without a doubt its own film. A beautiful work, can't wait to watch more Denis films! And now I can't stop listening to Nightshift by The Commodores!
"When it's over, it's over. You have to leave." Like when your cat dies. There's nothing really keeping you there. The relationships have run out of steam. Like Chinua Achebe says, "Things fall apart." The main part I didn't like was being lectured at, whether I agree or not.
I have never considered Denis a straightforward filmmaker, though she does beautifully utilise simplicity. That alters here, where her refinement from abstraction after 'L'intrus' leads to a film where the purpose is a little too literal from scene to scene. That said she made me feel completely a theme I'm often alienated by in film: familial obligation. The space allowed characters is what provides its humanism.