Trouble Every Day (film)

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Trouble Every Day
Trouble every day ver2.jpg
French theatrical poster
Directed byClaire Denis
Produced byGeorges Benayoun
Screenplay by
  • Claire Denis
  • Jean-Pol Fargeau
Music byTindersticks
CinematographyAgnès Godard
Edited byNelly Quettier
Distributed by
  • Rézo Films (France)
  • Kinetique (Japan)
  • Lot 47 (US - original release)
  • KimStim/The Film Desk (US - reissue)
Release date
  • 13 May 2001 (2001-05-13) (Cannes)
  • 11 July 2001 (2001-07-11) (France)
  • 2 November 2002 (2002-11-02) (Japan)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • French
  • English
Budget$3.8 million
Box office$800.000[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, Alex Descas and Marilu Marini. The film's soundtrack is provided by Tindersticks.

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


An American couple, Dr. Shane Brown and his wife, June, go to Paris, supposedly for their honeymoon. In reality, Shane has traveled to Paris to hunt down neuroscientist Dr. Léo Sémeneau and his wife, Coré, whom Shane once knew and was obsessed with. Despite having once had a prolific career, Léo is now working as a general practitioner to keep a low profile. He locks Coré up in their house every day but she occasionally manages to escape and initiate sex with men before violently murdering them. To protect her, Léo buries the bodies.

Shane begins investigating Sémeneau's whereabouts, but is denied access to them. A doctor who once worked with Léo eventually gives Shane the couple's address, explaining that Coré is unwell. Meanwhile, a couple of young men who have been casing the Sémeneau home eventually break in, where one stays behind while the other finds Coré in a boarded up room. After she seduces him, they begin to have sex, but she violently bites him to death, ripping out his tongue with her teeth. After Shane arrives at the house, he discovers the current state and sees Coré covered in blood. When she finally becomes aware of his presence, she tries to bite him. However, Shane is able to overpower her. He strangles her and leaves her to be consumed by the flames lit by a match she dropped. Just after Shane leaves, Léo arrives and witnesses the carnage and the dead Coré.

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 brutally rapes a maid, eventually biting her to death. After returning to their hotel, he showers and washes the blood from his body. His wife enters and the couple agree to return home. In the final shot, she looks up, presumably getting a glimpse of a drop of blood.



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


The film received mixed reactions from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 49% rating, based on 49 reviews. The site's consensus states: "An erotic thriller dulled by a messy narrative."[4] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 40 out of 100 based on reviews from 16 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5]

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

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  1. ^ "TROUBLE EVERY DAY (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 20 May 2002. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Trouble Every Day". Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Trouble Every Day". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Trouble Every Day". Metacritic. 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 Archived 23 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Quandt, James, "Flesh & Blood: Sex and violence in recent French cinema", ArtForum, February 2004 [1] Accessdate: 10 July 2008.

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