Courtisane festival, notes on cinema, 23nd edition, 27 - 31 March 2024
Trouble Every Day
A film inspired by the desire to work again with actor Vincent Gallo and by the proposal to participate in a series of horror films. Claire Denis met the challenge by immersing herself in the fantasy novels of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and films such as Jacques Tourneur's Cat People and Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête; but at the same, she time decided not to erase the horror of an erotic desire that manifests itself as a devouring hunger by simply suggesting it. Instead, she made it explicit. “It seemed necessary to me to push current boundaries: for me, not showing the devoration scenes would have been unacceptable. I refused the comfort of the ellipse or allusion for the same reasons that kept me away from pastiche. When you tell such a story, you must confront it, accept it as it is, accept that it puts you at risk."
French spoken with French subtitles