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Stars At Noon

Claire Denis
Frankreich 2022
137 min
OmeU
V'22

„I wanted to know the exact dimensions of hell.“ Das ist die nur halb ironische Antwort der Gelegenheitsjournalistin Trish auf die Frage, warum es sie am Vorabend eines Bürgerkrieges nach Nicaragua verschlagen habe. Die schmale Frau ist eine, die immer neue, problematische Lösungen findet, auch in der Hotelbar hat sie einen Griff zum falschen Kunden: Der rätselhafte Brite wird von mindestens drei Geheimdiensten gejagt, sie will ohne Pass über die Grenze nach Costa Rica, gemeinsam retten sie sich in eine Amour fou. Den 1986 erschienenen Roman von Denis Johnson hat Denis in die Gegenwart katapultiert, abwechselnd komisch und tragisch gestimmt. (Robert Weixlbaumer)

Claire Denis returns to the haunted spaces of the postcolonial state with this coolly romantic adaptation of Denis Johnson’s 1986 novel. Trish is an American journalist running out of money and luck in Nicaragua, until she happens to meet a handsome British businessman in a crisp suit named Daniel. Instead of a louche seduction story, Denis crafts something trickier, a slow-motion folie à deux that feels exposed in the bright light of day. Daniel’s dealings (which are not as clean-cut as his manner) and Trish’s precarious existence make them vulnerable to corruption and the interference of a CIA operative. Qualley bops along as the resilient but self-destructive Trish, opposite the bemusing propriety of Alwyn’s man-with-a-secret.
Denis brings Johnson’s punkish book, which was set in 1984, into a congealed present, imbuing the story and setting with a generalized malaise and a sense that no escape is really possible, whether from anonymous hotels or the jungle and its military patrols. It’s a film that shows Denis continuing the tonal experimentation of AVEC AMOUR ET ACHARNEMENT and UN BEAU SOLEIL INTÉRIEUR in a story simmering with expat intrigue and a tragic aura. (Nicolas Rapold)

Claire Denis: CHOCOLATE (1988), NO FEAR, NO DIE (1990), I CAN’T SLEEP (1994), NÉNETTE ET BONI (1996), BEAU TRAVAIL (1999), TROUBLE EVERY DAY (2001), VENDREDI SOIR (2002), L’INTRUS (2004), 35 RHUMS (2008), WHITE MATERIAL (2009), LES SALAUDS (2013), LET THE SUNSHINE IN (2017), HIGH LIFE (2018), BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE (2022)

Credits
  • Margaret Qualley - Trish
  • Danny Ramirez - Costa Rica Cop
  • John C. Reilly - Boss in USA
  • Joe Alwyn - Daniel
  • Benny Safdie - CIA-Mann
  • Claire Denis
  • Léa Mysius
  • Andrew Litvack nach einem Roman von Denis Johnson
  • Eric Gautier
  • Jean-Paul Mugel
  • Guy Lecorne
  • Tindersticks
  • Judy Shrewsbury
Curiosa Films, Arte France Cinéma, Alfama Films

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