Courtisane festival, notes on cinema, 23nd edition, 27 - 31 March 2024
J'ai pas sommeil
The infamous Thierry Paulin case inspired Claire Denis for this film. Paulin was a young, black, homosexual, HIV-positive man who, together with his lover, murdered nineteen elderly women in Paris in the 1980s. Denis approaches the murder case through a circumferential movement, whereby the focus is shifted to a multitude of surrounding stories and characters. "I quickly understood that the only way to approach the mystery of this kind of murder was through a concentric circle. I thought about the Goose board game. After all, it corresponds to the street map of Paris. The film is constructed according to that logic: from the periphery we travel to the city and then to the 18th arrondissement. The only way to approach the killer that seemed right to me was through accidental connections and encounters."
French spoken with French subtitles