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It's utter sensationalist crap peddled out as arthouse fodder. Just exploitative, overt images of sex, mutilation, bad acting and a lousy screenplay. Denis is much better than this hipster-ready, pretentious, vile excuse for a movie. It fails from its very conception.
Wednesday May 15 2019
This was quite a film. I'm still not sure if I like it or not... which would dictate a 2.5* rating but I give it a 3.5* bc there are many more things I like about it than dislike. This is not your typical horror or typical New French Extremity, so if that's what you're looking for I'd pass on this. The plot feels very secondary to the art of the film. The images are meant to disturb and shock you... and on that note, if a man made this film they'd call him misogynistic and disturbed but bc it's a female it's called art. But this is very far from torture porn. There is a story behind it. Two people in this film suffer from cannibalism, and their illness is completely linked to their voracious sexual appetite. For example Core, one of the infected, needs to be boarded up in a closet in order to stop her from going out, seducing a man and then eating him during sex. The other infected, Shane, doesn't seem to be as deep in the illness as Core as he can control himself for the most part, holding down a job and married to a naive wife. The link between the two aside from their illness is that Core's husband, Leo, a doctor, is trying to come up with a cure to treat his ailing wife. And Shane has learned of this and is desperately trying to find Leo in order to cure himself. In the end, there's no conclusion and both are still murderous cannibals who eat their prey during sex.
So.... there is a story, but it does take a back seat to the gore and blood that floods the screen. Hence I don't consider it torture porn, as there is a legitimate and unique story playing out in front of our eyes. I really like how Denis took a chance here and went balls out with this horror film. It's definitely not for everyone, so again if you prefer movies with some form of conclusion then I'd recommend that you pass on this one. Whereas if you don't mind an artsy foreign film that will disturb you with shocking imagery while secondarily telling a story, then this is completely for you.
It's all about creating a haunting, unsettling mood (and this is clearly reflected in the vague title), but the problem here is that this arthouse cannibal film starts from nowhere and goes nowhere, failing to engage us in its weird plot and not amounting to anything in the end.
Probably one of the top 5 best horror movies of al time. The thing is it transcends the horror genra. Like Von Trier's Anthechrist, it is more a Claire Denis film, then a horror movie. It is a movie about, capitalism, or precisly pharmaceuticcal. And how décisions taken in a capital system can have horrible repercussions on the society. All the actors are amazing, it is the caliber of a Hanneke or Tarkovsky movie. Although it is not a movie for everyone, if you like the main Stream stuff, it is not for you, but if you like intellectual films, you will love this masterpiece. Image-temps is present for all the movie, So it will remind you of Bergman and Tarkovsky. Denis does a perfect job, they are so many levels that it is hard to have everything work, but she manages to do it. Finally all the actors are out of this world and Beatrice Dalle, wich is always incredible gives another perfect performance you will never forget.
Claire Denis, a notorious French film auteur delivers with Trouble Every Day an incredible atmospheric, hypnotic and riveting tale of love and passion pushed to an extreme. Incredibly intense in its carnality and depiction of a condition that turns the infected ones into helpless cannibals who seems to enjoy sexuality and blood in a climatic fusion of gore. It's a slow paced movie and the story isn't strait forward, the plot unfolds as a series of encounters, mysterious characters, confusions of feeling, all set in a beautifully shot Paris.
The cast is intense and does push our own boundaries, which would explain the amount of negative criticism i have come across during my research about the film and it' many symbolic images.
Trouble Every Day isn't a classic 'horror' film in its form or narration, it's opaque, oppressive at times, graphic but somehow incredibly beautiful and disturbing all at once. This is definitely a film-experience, an arthouse bloodbath orchestrated by a director who smartly leaves a lot to the imagination of the viewers. It's a challenging film to watch but it's dark beauty hypnotized me from start to finish. What a film!
hmm; i disliked this & liked this all at the same time. it's super slow moving; it may have lost my attention once or twice, which is maybe part of the reason why i didn't know what was going on until the very end. but really, the story itself is pretty good -- i can't decide if the way they did it, though boring, was actually a pretty genius way of telling it or not.
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Erotic gore...something you don't come across, very often...
Somewhat empty in its artistic merit and with a story thats convoluted and unsatisfactory, Trouble Every Day is one of those films with plenty of potential and great moments but barely going beyond a "meh".