Although I appreciated the warm detatchment that created the strange atmosphere of the film, I kept waiting for an AHA! moment when I would feel some strong connection to a character or scene. Though perhaps that's the point, that was what kept me from really getting into this film. I appreciate the stories of marginalized characters and the obviously intentional avoidance of sensationalism, but I still wasn't won.
Portrait of individuals isolated from their surroundings, not so much marginalised as alienated. All indifferent to the promise of utopia that a modern city promises. Murder is perhaps the toughest sell of this film, but Denis appropriates a more conventionally tragic tale of murder and destruction and makes it a more ambiguous tale of the numb experiences from the fringes.
Denis' films have a rhythm of their own, somehow uncanny but at the same time cozy and familiar. The portrait of the character in this film is as important as the portrait of the city itself and of a deep sense of strangeness and despair in the urban environment. Beautiful film.
Claire Denis in the nineties: the patron saint of a generation. What is so interesting about her films of this period, especially I Can't Sleep, which remains a favorite (in fact it gets better and better), is that their synopses seem so much like the kind of stuff one is accustomed to reading in festival programs. But her way into and around an experience of the world is peerless and exactly right. She owned us.
Una película de inclinaciones sociales sobre personajes sobrellevando dramas distintos. Por un lado la migración de una mujer que llega, por otro la de un hombre que aspira al retorno, mientras que un tercero ajustándose a la mediocridad. En un contexto, una ola de asesinatos de mujeres mayores. De pronto el primer personaje está varado comportándose como un objeto estático. Sobre los otros, nada complejo. Simple.
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.
Con esta última entrega de la trilogía, Denis no se va sin dejarnos con un buen numero de escenas de su característico estilo observacional, y es aquí, aparte de su presentación no formulaica, donde radica el interés de la cinta ya que el resultado final, en contraste con sus dos previas cintas, como que no cuaja completamente.