Trouble Every Day (film)
|Trouble Every Day|
French theatrical poster
|Directed by||Claire Denis|
|Produced by||Georges Benayoun|
|Edited by||Nelly Quettier|
Trouble Every Day is a 2001 French erotic horror film directed by Claire Denis and written by Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau. It stars Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle and Alex Descas. The film's soundtrack is provided by Tindersticks.
Shane and June Brown are an American tourist couple holidaying in Paris. Gradually, June becomes aware that Shane is visiting a mysterious clinic and decides to investigate it herself, although ambivalent about the merits of her fraying marriage. The resident doctor, Leo, has a similarly ambiguous relationship with Core, his wife, whom he keeps secluded from the clinic's clients...until Shane encounters her, one day, and finds the tools to possibly restore his marriage to June.
- Vincent Gallo as Shane Brown
- Tricia Vessey as June Brown
- Béatrice Dalle as Coré
- Alex Descas as Léo
- Florence Loiret as Christelle
- Nicolas Duvauchelle as Erwan
- Raphaël Neal as Ludo
- José Garcia as Choart
- Hélène Lapiower as Malécot
- Marilu Marini as Friessen
- Aurore Clément as Jeanne
The film received mixed reactions from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, based on 49 reviews, the film has a 49% rating; the consensus states: "An erotic thriller dulled by a messy narrative." Metacritic reports a 40/100 rating based on 16 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Variety wrote that it is "over-long, under-written and needlessly obscure instead of genuinely atmospheric". The Boston Globe was more positive, but concludes by calling the film "a success in some sense, but it's hard to like a film so cold and dead".
Later, the film developed a small following who admire it for its themes of existentialism and its unique take on the horror genre as well as gender roles. It was given an in depth analysis by Salon.com which looked at the intricacies of the film, particularly the metaphorical nature of the narrative. At Film Freak Central, Walter Chaw said, "Plaintive and sad, Claire Denis' Trouble Every Day is a rare combination of honesty, beauty, and maybe even genius." The film has been associated with the New French Extremity.
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- "Trouble Every Day (2013 re-release)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
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- Derek Elley (14 May 2001). "Trouble Every Day". Variety. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
- Chris Fujiwara (26 April 2002). "Out for blood? Art meets gore in 'Trouble Every Day'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
- Quandt, James, "Flesh & Blood: Sex and violence in recent French cinema", ArtForum, February 2004  Accessdate: 10 July 2008.
- Trouble Every Day at the Internet Movie Database
- Trouble Every Day at Box Office Mojo
- Trouble Every Day at Rotten Tomatoes
- Trouble Every Day at Metacritic
- Salon.com – Analysis of Trouble Every Day
- Walter Chaw of Film Freak Central, who also named the film one of the ten most important to his own life and worldview.