FIVE DE­NIS ESSEN­TIALS

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Cho­co­lat

(1988) No, not that Cho­co­lat. In­ge­niously edited study of a young French woman’s re­la­tion­ship with a Cameroo­nian na­tive. Break­out per­for­mance by Isaach de Bankolé.

Beau Tra­vail

(1999) Per­haps her mas­ter­piece, Beau Tra­vail adapts themes from Her­man Melville’s Billy Budd to the story of a French For­eign Le­gion divi­sion in Dji­bouti. Fa­mous word­less se­quences.

Trou­ble Ev­ery Day

(2001) Still her most con­tro­ver­sial film, this art-hor­ror odd­ity sends Vincent Gallo and Béa­trice Dalle on a car­ni­val of ob­scure blood-let­ting. Mem­o­rable for a fa­mous Tin­der­sticks score.

35 Shots of Rum

(2008) Loosely struc­tured, bril­liantly acted study of an im­mi­grant com­mu­nity in con­tem­po­rary Paris. De­nis ad­mits the in­flu­ence of Ya­su­jiro Ozu’s Late Spring on the piece.

White Ma­te­rial

(2009) Is­abelle Hup­pert plays a French cof­fee planter who de­cides to re­main in an African coun­try de­spite the ad­vance of a sav­age civil war. Proud of its mys­ter­ies.

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