Dir. Claire Denis. 2004, 130 mins. Imported 35mm print. With Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Beatrice Dalle. A film of lush, mysterious images and textures, Denis’s globe-skipping epic follows an inscrutable man (Subor) from France’s Jura mountains to Switzerland, Korea, and Tahiti as he searches for a lost, illegitimate son. He also is in dire need of a heart transplant. But this simple description barely does justice to the fragmented, enigmatic, and indescribably rich world Denis creates here, which rewards patient, attentive viewers with an internal, metaphorical portrait of heartsickness and the search for happiness.
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