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Trouble Every Day (18)

September 28, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm UTC+1

‘No filmmaker working today is more alive to the senses than Claire Denis. Her films are tactile, warm-blooded, in love with textures, particularly those of the human body. When she’s in a lyrical mood, as in fine-grained family drama 35 Shots of Rum or ravishing romance Friday Night, the results are joyous, and often swooningly romantic. In her darker cinematic movements, however, like stunning Billy Budd update Beau Travail or the mysterious and elliptical Intruder, this intimacy becomes overpowering; it gets under your skin. That’s the case here with this troubling study in the intensity of love.

With Trouble Every Day, Denis immerses us in an atmosphere engorged with desire and dread. The elliptical, parallel narrative follows two couples: Americans Shane (Vincent Gallo) and June (Tricia Vessey), who, at the beginning of the film, are travelling to Paris for their honeymoon, and Parisians Coré (Béatrice Dalle) and her spouse Léo (Alex Descas), a physician who’s more of a minder than a husband. Both relationships, shall we say, are highly dysfunctional.

Shane is suffering from a condition that causes his carnal urges to turn cannibalistic. For now, he can’t consummate his marriage for fear of consuming his wife. Coré, who appears to suffer from the same disease, has no such inhibitions. She happily devours her sexual conquests, and Léo has been cleaning up the mess.

Essentially a twisted vampire love story, it’s a deeply original take on the genre, although Denis has cited many influences, from the photographs of Jeff Wall to childhood stories about monsters to films ranging from Jacques Tourneur’s Cat People, Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction and Brian de Palma’s Dressed to Kill.

At its premiere at Cannes, in 2001, Trouble Every Day proved controversial. It was slammed by critics and branded a gratuitous horror – a misconception that’s still held till this day. They couldn’t have got it more wrong. “It’s actually a love story,” Denis told her naysayers at the film’s Cannes press conference. “It’s about how close the kiss is to the bite. I think every mother wants to eat her baby with love. We just took this on to a new frontier.”

Presented by The Skinny as part of the Directed by Women strand of Scalarama. Join us before the film for drinks, tunes by Tindersticks and an introduction from The Skinny film team’

Organised by: The Skinny
TICKETS: £4/£3


September 28, 2016
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Scalarama Liverpool


Liverpool Small Cinema
57-59 Victoria Street
Liverpool, L1 6ED United Kingdom