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Portraits Chinois Review


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Think of it as French Friends, the movie. A gaggle of Parisians, led by Carter and Bohringer as two fashion designers, experience love, loss, and raucous comedy -- at least when the subtitles are legible. The characters are too difficult to distinguish from one another, as well, and only Carter stands out as any different from her companions. Rather droll, but very Frahnch, oui oui!

Trouble Every Day Review


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French filmmaker and provocateur Claire Denis has provided movie audiences with stimulating cinema over the years, with fare such as Nenette et Boni, I Can't Sleep, and the award-winning Beau Travail. Clearly, Denis has proven herself as a progressive and provocative director whose cinematic vision remains dauntingly confrontational. However, in her perversely passionate sexual artsy thriller Trouble Every Day, Denis revels in the hedonistic arena of extreme nudity, graphic sex, and even cannibalism. As a result, her film ends up wallowing in the mundane seediness of its ludicrous and salacious conventions. Although quite raw and caustic, Trouble Every Day is an awkwardly garish showcase that diverges from anything remotely probing or penetrating.

Vincent Gallo (Buffalo '66) and Tricia Vessey (Town & Country) portray American newlyweds named Shane and June Brown, spending their honeymoon in romantic Paris. A reluctant Shane appears fearful about consummating his marriage with an eager June, causing him to seek refuge in a nearby Parisian medical clinic where he explores his unexplainably weird sexual urges. And there's also this tendency for him to want to devour his spouse during sex. Yes, as in literally eating his loving partner's flesh right down to her human bone. Hence, Shane has to resort to masturbation in order to overcome the desire to chew on his new bride as if she were a juicy pork chop. Bottom line: If Shane doesn't get the help he needs to control his bizarre behavior, he will inevitably end up killing his woman.

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God Is Great, And I'm Not Review


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Audrey Tautou doesn't do much to clean up the image that models don't have the capacity for original thought. God Is Great, and I'm Not's simplistic conceit is that Tautou's Michèle is a model who changes her religion as often as she changes her hair (and believe me, that's an awful lot in this film... seeing Tautou with an ill-advised permanent wave is worth the rental alone).

Anyone who personally knows a frequent religion-jumper will be all too familiar with Michèle's specious quest, much more a reaction to her failed love life than a real search for spirituality. The Amelie star does manage to capture the wide-eyed innocence/ignorance of her ilk (both models and the clueless), but ultimately the movie is just one big joke that never goes anywhere. There aren't too many thrills to be found in Tautou reading a different religious-themed self-help book ever day during her photo shoots. In fact, it's more fun just to ogle her ridiculous outfits (the highlight being a bubble wrap headdress).

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