Trouble Every Day (film)

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Trouble Every Day
Trouble every day ver2.jpg
French theatrical poster
Directed by Claire Denis
Produced by Georges Benayoun
Screenplay by
  • Claire Denis
  • Jean-Pol Fargeau
Starring
Music by Tindersticks
Cinematography Agnès Godard
Edited by Nelly Quettier
Production
companies
Distributed by
  • Rézo Films (France)
  • Kinetique (Japan)
Release dates
  • 13 May 2001 (2001-05-13) (Cannes)
  • 11 July 2001 (2001-07-11) (France)
  • 9 September 2001 (2001-09-09) (TIFF)
  • 2 November 2002 (2002-11-02) (Japan)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
Country
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
Language
  • French
  • English
Box office $9,184[2]

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.

Alice Houri, who starred in Denis's previous film Nénette et Boni has a small cameo as a girl on a metro who watches Shane.

Plot[edit]

American couple Dr. Shane Brown and his wife June go to Paris supposedly for their honeymoon. In reality Shane has travelled to Paris in order to hunt down neuroscientist Dr. Léo Sémeneau and his wife Coré, who he once knew and was obsessed with.

Despite having once had a prolific career Léo is now working as a General practitioner in order to keep a low profile. He locks Coré up in their house every day but she occasionally manages to escape and violently murder men. To protect her Léo buries the bodies.

A couple of men who have been casing the Sémeneau home eventually break in where one of them finds Coré, in a boarded up room. After she seduces him and they start to have sex she violently bites him to death, ripping out his tongue with her teeth.

Meanwhile a doctor who once worked with Léo gives Shane the couple's address, explaining that Coré is unwell. After Shane rushes to the house he discovers that the house has been broken into and that Coré is covered in blood. He watches her light the house of fire and when she finally becomes aware of his presence she tries to bite him. Shane is eventually able to overpower her however and when he leaves Coré dies in the fire.

After Coré's death Shane becomes strange and distant, stopping in the middle of sex with his wife and finishing by masturbating, running away from her, and adopting a puppy. Finally he returns to the hotel where he has sex with a maid, eventually biting her to death.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Trouble Every Day was screened out of competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

Reception[edit]

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."[4] Metacritic reports a 40/100 rating based on 16 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5]

Variety wrote that it is "over-long, under-written and needlessly obscure instead of genuinely atmospheric".[6] 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".[7]

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."[8] The film has been associated with the New French Extremity.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TROUBLE EVERY DAY (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 20 May 2002. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Trouble Every Day (2013 re-release)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Trouble Every Day". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Trouble Every Day". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Trouble Every Day". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Derek Elley (14 May 2001). "Trouble Every Day". Variety. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  7. ^ Chris Fujiwara (26 April 2002). "Out for blood? Art meets gore in 'Trouble Every Day'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  8. ^ review
  9. ^ Quandt, James, "Flesh & Blood: Sex and violence in recent French cinema", ArtForum, February 2004 [1] Accessdate: 10 July 2008.

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