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Vendredi soir

Claire Denis / FR, 2002 / 90 min.

Lyrical, purely visual report on an unexpected one-night stand in nighttime Paris with an erotic charge that is markedly different from the standard fare aimed at male fantasies.

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Friday night in a wintery Paris. 30-something Laure (Valérie Lemercier) is about to move in with her boyfriend. Stuck in a traffic jam on route to a dinner party she motionlessly observes the world around her until a mysterious hitchhiker walks towards her car. Giving the taciturn Jean (Vincent Lindon) a lift is the start of as night full of unexpected twists and endless possibilities.

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This movie contains scenes showing explicit sexPersons under 12 years must be accompanied by an adultThis movie contains foul language


Claire Denis

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Vendredi soir


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Claire Denis

Eye screens an extensive retrospective of the work of one of France’s most important filmmakers: Claire Denis. In her films, Claire Denis probes the consequences of colonialism and the feeling of being an outsider, devoting particular attention to family tensions, sensuality, desire and the body. The programme features new restorations of her films, with Chocolat (4K) and Beau travail (4K) appearing on the big screen in the Netherlands for the first time.

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Farah Hasanbegović, one of Eye's Programmers of the Future, collaborated on the retrospective of the controversial French filmmaker Claire Denis. In our Magazine, Farah gives their view on a number of characteristic features of Denis' oeuvre. On desires colliding with reality and wading through the Rio Grande to make a point.

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