Trouble Every Day Review

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While honeymooning in Paris, Shane longs to find Léo, with whom he earlier conducted illicit research into the human libido. Shane and Léo’s wife, Coré, are now living with the results — a sexual bloodlust.


Were David Cronenberg and Roman Polanski ever to co-direct a European remake of Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction, the result might resemble something like Claire Denis’ Trouble Every Day. Except that might lead you to think it is in some way a good film. It isn’t.

Here, sexual desire plus covert libido experimentation equals cannibalistic vampire art-house flick. Despite gene-splicing genres, the occasionally thought-provoking Trouble Every Day is nowhere near as interesting as it sounds, with Denis seemingly uncertain of the bloody ground she is treading.

There are two main kill sequences that punctuate the otherwise plodding structure. One features Dalle in a scene of seat-squirming mutilation that will have anyone who once possessed that ubiquitous Betty Blue poster finally erasing any erotic fantasies.

The other features Gallo in what is probably the nastiest sexual assault ever committed to film.

With only a hint of an interesting idea struggling for air, this is a confused and perverse effort.