Courtisane festival, notes on cinema, 23nd edition, 27 - 31 March 2024
An adaptation of the eponymous book by Emmanuèle Bernheim, about a passionate one-night stand between a woman (Valérie Lemercier) and a man (Vincent Lindon). Claire Denis approaches the almost wordless exchange and the growing desire with tactile sensitivity, resulting in a lyrical ode to the enjoyment of unexpected encounters."However important it is to determine the frame of the mise en scene, it is equally important, for me, to accompany the actors in an intimate way. This was the main challenge in Vendredi Soir: how to be intimate without becoming voyeuristic? How can you penetrate something while keeping a certain distance from it? It is important for me, when I film an actor, to always preserve a certain degree of modesty."