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July 12, 2009
Denis' newest can been seen as an homage to Ozu with it's so loving portrayal of a father and a daughter's relationship. Here Denis sets her non-dysfunctional family in a Parisian apartment complex where the pieces of the family's past take shape in the form of current residents. Denis allows the story to progress at a smooth pace never forcing the drama and in turn allows you to see all of the character's motives behind their decisions. Easily the best film Denis has done since 2002's "Friday Night".
July 4, 2009
Bit of a head wrecker, but still very engaging. Dips in & out of the various characters, leaves you dangling all the time. No obvious back story, definitely no voice overs. You draw one conclusion and then it gets contradicted in the next scene. No ending, of course, and still, for all that, Clare Denis most accessible film so far.
½ June 28, 2009
Swirls and shuffles round its most fluid of centres, often to evocative music (the Commodores' "Night Shift" gets an especially evocative runout), refusing to submit to the square boxes of plot or character motivation; Denis' business is atmosphere, moments, and she appears unconcerned if the films around them become - and these are loaded words to use when discussing the work of a female filmmaker, I know - unobtainable, impenetrable. She's Breillat with an iPod, not necessarily a bad thing, given how austere and forbidding her compatriot's films used to be. The problem is, when she's not on the form demonstrated by 1999's "Beau Travail", this approach requires the audience to do a lot of chasing, and her characters consist solely of that handful of moments Denis deigns to give us: we're left with no real idea where they come from, or where they go. This isn't any trouble for a foursquare, rock-solid presence such as Descas, but creates issues when the film gets to Colin, an already fairly slippery and unreadable performer here asked to be no more than tall, dark and notionally handsome. Given his unexplained disappearances, his shifty demeanour and alarming way with dead pets, it's conceivable Josephine is being rescued from her father by a serial killer - a reading I don't think Denis intends... It does have lovely moments, but still feels as though a few too many of the crucial pieces have gone missing; I felt in need of a stiff drink myself afterwards.
½ June 25, 2009
Oddly enough, my first Claire Denis movie which in turn is her first Ozu homage. It was skillfully done and is definitely one from the heart - so I think that's why a few images have lingered. Yet it somehow was 'quainter' than Ozu and kind of came and went.
½ June 8, 2009
Beautiful film. It meanders a little, but the completely watchable leads keep it engaging. (Incidentally, I don't think the cast list here is correct.)
June 5, 2009
This featured a close knit husband and daughter duo living in the black neighbourhoods of Paris. Dad is a train driver and his daughter is at university - and while Dad Lionel sees that he needs to give his daughter independence - when she starts to take more of an interest in a boy in the building and looks to be moving away - he is reminded of some of the older lonely men he has worked with. Ultimately this film didn't really go anywhere and the characters were not that likeable - but I loved the way Paris was shot.
June 5, 2009
a wonderfully subtle and understated film with beautiful attention to detail and an amazing cast. slightly too long. one of claire denis best.
½ May 6, 2009
Nicely done but the stroy lost me in some spots.
½ April 19, 2009
Claire Denis clearly return to her best form with this melancholic ode to recompense and reconciliation in the face of irretrievable loss. It is a study of how to deal with changes in life. Her trademark subtly on characters' relationship, the way she captures trivial details between the characters (esp. between Alex Dascas, the father and newcomer, Mati Diop) was simply brillant. The performance of Dascas was also the driving force of the film, he was both chartismatic and cool. Denis's film, while not focus on story telling, are very much touching her audience by presenting what happen within her characters in the story. The slow pace of the story line allows us to desolve in her charactrers, and the ever brillant soundtrack from Tinkerstick certain helps to sway the moods.
½ April 13, 2009
moody ,nothing outstanding but quite enjoyable .And tinderstick's soundtrack really help a lot
April 10, 2009
very sublime and nicely scripted. some lovely music, too.
April 5, 2009
Ultimo film de DENIS.
Presentando una pareja compuesta por padre e hija, con notoria aluciones a un complejo de Edipo manifestado pero no concretado. Frente a la ausencia del eslab√≤n maternal, la j√≤ven es quien se encarga de los quehaceres hogare√Īos, estableciendo una relacion de no independencia y de mantenerse sujetos a un vinculo que termina resultando enfermizo.
El padre es un ferroviario que v√® pasar sus a√Īos, ante sus ojos, amigos que culminan con su edad laboral, momento que prontamente llegar√† y se hace sentir.
DENIS, nuevamente presenta un film con mucha intensidad sentimental, profundamente vinculando demostraciones afectivas a partir del cuerpo como ella lo indicara en la presentaciòn del film.

April 2, 2009
Una hija que cuida de su padre, mientras este, viudo cuida de ella. o sea... una rara relacion que por lo visto no tienen ganas de cambiar... Una vacia pelicula francesa que no transmite mucho, unas gotitas de humor, y algunos planos interesantes hace que no termine en desastre. Bla.
½ March 21, 2009
Claire Denis fait un beau cinema humaniste, a la fois froid et sensuel, decrivant la durete des errances urbaines, y compris au fond du 9-3, le long des voies du RER, et le contraste avec les liens humains, simples, un peu vides, mais forts, qui y naissent, au pied et dans les tours. Un beau film, et l'occasion, toujours appreciable, de voir Alex Descas dans un premier role. Le film est encore pour dix jours projete au Pantheon, avant d'etre remplace par un film tcheque que personne n'ira voir.
March 13, 2009
Daughter lives w/ father keeping house, postponing striking out on her own. Sound familiar? Ozu did it brilliantly and often. The director, Claire Denis, pays homage to the great Japanese filmmaker, but doesn't fully translate the storytelling to modern day, multicultural France. The cast, though, is wonderful: Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Nicole Dogue and Grégoire Colin.
½ March 13, 2009
Ganz schönes Filmchen, Drama halt, aber ein gutes.
February 26, 2009
Un homme vivant seul avec sa fille d'une vingtaine d'ann√©es, et leur vie s'√©coule pleine de tendresse et de douceur, juste la petite inqui√©tude de l'age adulte qui arrive... Et le film glisse lui-m√™me tout doucement pour observer les √™tres et les choses avec finesse. Les paysages de banlieue parisienne. Le long glissement des RER sur les rails. L'√©motion d'un d√©part en retraite. La douceur d'un slow dans un minuscule restaurant malien. Les images et la musique d√©posent patiemment les situations sur l'√©cran et le spectateur peut observer la belle √©volution de ses regards, silences et paroles quotidiennes. "C'est tr√®s bon. Comme toujours", dit le p√®re en mangeant debout son d√ģner. Et cette tendresse quotidienne d√©gage une humanit√© fra√ģche et simple...
February 26, 2009
Ne se passe rien sauf la mort du chat...
February 22, 2009
Belle histoires de vies. Un film calme, tres calme.
Filme la beaute de bonheurs simples.
On en sort detendu calme et heureux (ou repose si vous vous etes endormis)
½ February 21, 2009
Jamais vu un film aussi ennuyeux de ma vie!
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