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NENETTE AND BONI

Director: CLAIRE DENIS

103 minutes| France| 1996| Subtitled| Colour| Dolby Stereo| 35mm


Seasoned watchers of Claire Denis films come to enjoy the way she never seems to force the pace, instead allowing situations to unfold with convincing naturalness. This engaging Marseilles-set family drama is a case in point. Gregoire Colin, so often cast as a slippery character, here plays a seemingly feckless youth who proves a bit of a brick when he has to look after his pregnant younger sister (Alice Houri), though it’s fair to say that the woman of his dreams is actually the alluring Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi (years before she became President Sarkozy’s sister-in-law).

There’s perhaps a hint of Truffaut in the portrayal of kids who are not as badass as they’d like to think they are. There’s a dash of humour too as Colin subverts his desires into kneading pizza dough, plus the unexpectedly charming presence of Vincent Gallo as Bruni-Tedeschi’s American-expat baker hubby. Rather lovely.

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