The most difficult of Claire Denis' films. Difficult to watch, to understand, to accept, yet obviously excellent. I will need to watch it a second time; all of Denis' films deserve a second viewing (at least). Image by Agnes Godard. Co-stars Chiara Mastroianni, daughter of of Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni. Do not expect "light entertainment".
So much abstract darkness. All the fluttering dead space serves both plot and atmosphere, transporting us further and further into the film's quagmire of mood and doom. Yet as the arresting conclusion draws near, the feeling that emerges is a kind of sympathy for these poor bastards. One of the greatest neo-noirs ever made and Denis's best since L'intrus.
the coldest film of the year: everything (and everyone) is distant and unsympathetic. none of the characters are likeable. the tone is completely withdrawn - an ambiguous mess, and...in the end, it just feels like a hollow exercise in provocation. i admire the self-indulgence, but i don't take anything from it as an expression..