“I should have told you before we left”
I should have known better than to watch this movie. After all it stars Vincent Gallo, the man responsible for the utterly dreadful, self-indulgent mess that is The Brown Bunny. An actor who, in my opinion has only made one decent movie in his entire career (Freeway 2 Confessions Of A Trickbaby) An actor that truly cannot act & only seems to be hired to chew scenery & make Keanu Reeves look like a master thespian. Yet it also had the incredible Beatrice Dalle in it & is a part of The New French Extremity, so I pretty much had to watch it. Sadly its 100 minutes of my life I will never get back.
Trouble Every Day begins as Shane (Gallo) & June (Tricia Vessey) are beginning their honeymoon in Paris. Shane isn’t in Paris just for his honeymoon & starts making frequent trips to a medical clinic that has been experimenting with the human libido. It’s during these trips that Shane meets Core (Beatrice Dalle) one of the doctors wives & a woman so affected by the condition she has that she is almost feral & is kept locked up by her husband. Shane is beginning to have the same compulsions & events start to spiral as Shane struggles with his condition & his compulsions around not only his wife, but one of the chambermaids at the hotel they are staying in.
I truly cannot find enough negative adjectives to truly describe just how bad this movie is. Gallo puts in another one of his wooden performances. Honestly I have seen better acting in a primary school play than Gallo manages. The crime is, the rest of the cast really try with their roles, which are criminally underwritten. Vassey does her best with one of the most annoyingly insipid & weak characters ever to grace the big screen. Honestly June is so unbelievably pathetic, its hard to conceive anyone could be like that. Beatrice Dalle yet again puts in an incredible performance. Her role in the film is only that of a supporting character, albeit an important one, but she drags every last ounce of emotion out of Core. Her portrait of a woman who has become virtually an animal yet yearns to die is incredibly powerful. The imagery in the film is shocking. The scene where Dalle seduces a young guy & once her compulsions take over begins to torment & torture the dying man is shocking, savage & brutal, Sadly one or two decent scenes does not a good movie make. The ending is both predictable & inconclusive. Director Claire Denis has fashioned a 100 minute cure for insomnia. This movie, along with th equally awful & deeply offensive Baise Moi stand as the worst examples of The New French Extremity. I’m going to leave it here as I have wasted enough of my life on this celluloid turd & I don’t wish anyone reading this to waste their time with it either.
Avoid this movie at all costs, Honestly you can have more fun watching flies fuck. A dismal movie & par for the course as far as Gallo is concerned. Utter crap.