Nénette et Boni (1996)

Claire Denis directs Alice Houri, Grégoire Colin and Jacques Nolot in this French drama about a low level criminal and pizza chef who abandons his lurid sexual fantasies when his teenage sister turns up at his flat.

Rich and incident packed. Denis follows Boni’s compulsive desires well -sensually filming baking, dough, rabbits and gurgling coffee machines. The darker edges of the drama (loan sharks, possible incest) are the weakest but I think this is the first Denis film I watched where boredom never pervaded my brain.

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