Trouble Every Day

on November 30, 2001 by Chris Wiegand
   How do you follow up a film like the internationally acclaimed “Beau Travail?” For Claire Denis, the question must have been a daunting one. With her answer--the über-original “Trouble Every Day”--the increasingly diverse French director has created a film that one can honestly describe as looking, sounding and simply feeling like no other film in recent history.

   American doctor Shane Brown (“Buffalo 66's” Vincent Gallo, appearing in his fourth film for Denis and confirming his status as king of cool) arrives in Paris with his new bride June (“Town & Country's” Tricia Vessey). Supposedly on honeymoon, Shane moonlights as a detective--desperately trying to track down an old colleague to assist him with a mysterious affliction. As Shane carries out his search, we are witness to the actions, and monstrous appetite, of the beautiful yet troubled Coré (Betty Blue herself, Béatrice Dalle), who proves to be a man-eater in more ways than one. The fates of Coré and Shane seem strangely entwined and it appears to be only a matter of time before their connection is explained.

   An altogether different view of France through American eyes (Roman Coppola's “CQ” and Jesse Peretz's “The Château” present similar perspectives), “Trouble Every Day's” Parisian streets are shot by dp Agnès Goddard with a fine appreciation of color and texture, the sensuous camerawork creating an experience both hellish and harrowing, yet supremely stylish. After the successful score for 1996's “Nénette Et Boni,” Denis chose to work once again with acclaimed British orchestrators Tindersticks on “Trouble Every Day,” and their moody, mournful music perfectly encapsulates the escalating tensions experienced by both characters and viewers. At the center of it all is the magnificent Gallo, haunted and horrified by his increasingly insatiable urges. Following “Trouble Every Day”--now that will be the real test for Denis.    Starring Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle and Alex Descas. Directed by Claire Denis. Written by Claire Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau. Produced by Georges Benayoun, Jean-Michel Rey and Philippe Liegeois. A Lot 47 release. Drama/Horror. French-language; subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 100 min. Opens 3/1/02.

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