Claire Denis’ fifth feature is set in Marseille, where Boni (Grégoire Colin) gets an unexpected visit from his pregnant fifteen-year-old sister Nénette (Alice Houri). Winner of the Golden Leopard at the 1996 Locarno Film Festival.
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the famous plaisanteur nietzsche once said that to cure a woman, to redeem her, a man has to give her a child. this film seems to be made from the perspective of a female nietzsche , who boldly states: the same goes for a man, it is he who is saved and comforted by a child. and if i am to consider the unpleasant appendix that continues the assumption above, "woman needs children, a man is for her always only a means"
Perhaps the most accessible of Claire Denis' films, this one has a linear story, and dialogue, perhaps even more than necessary. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Vincent Gallo as the baker and his wife are charming, but almost seem out of place in this film. Very good, but I prefer the more austere style of Beau Travail and White Material. 4 stars, nonetheless. Claire Denis is an important film maker.
Alice Houri and Grégoire Colin are the estranged sister and brother of the title who are reunited after the death of their mother. Valeria Bruni Tedesch plays the baker's wife, who figures as the center of Boni's sexual fantasies, and Vincent Gallo is charming as her American husband, the baker. There is a strangely tactile and olfactive quality to this sensual film that slips between fantasy, dream and waking life.
I think I preferred ‘US Go Home’ which this basically seems built off of – it managed to strike a deeper chord with its characters than this did. Possibly Denis’ most obfuscating film in terms of style and narrative, what still resonates the most are the strange ways characters are developed and their idiosyncrasies. If anything this relied a little too heavily on that technique
Una película que en principio presume referentes eróticos que se van quedando en el camino gracias al otro lado de la historia, uno que deja de ser fantasioso. "Nenette and Boni" es un cuadro realista de una familia escindida. Hay un deseo por la redención que se perfila con hostilidad. Es como si el protagonista no encontrara la forma adecuada de poder fraternizar o mostrar su benevolencia.
"The sensual and sensitive beauty of the film springs precisely from Nénette and Boni’s unbridled, rash decisions, desires, and quirks as individuals and as siblings." - Rowena Santos Aquino, NextProjection.com