TROUBLE EVERY DAY aka GARGOYLE (2001) Reviews and overview

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Trouble every day

Trouble Every Day aka Gargoyle is a 2001 French horror film directed by Claire Denis from a screenplay co-written with Jean-Pol Fargeau.

The movie stars Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle and Alex Descas. The soundtrack was provided by British rock band Tindersticks.


Shane and June Brown are an American couple honeymooning in Paris in an effort to nurture their new life together, a life complicated by Shane”s mysterious and frequent visits to a medical clinic where cutting edge studies of the human libido are undertaken.

When Shane seeks out a self-exiled expert in the field, he happens upon the doctor’s wife, another victim of the same malady. She has become so dangerous and emotionally paralysed by the condition that her husband imprisons her by day in their home. It is Shane’s chance encounter with this woman that triggers an event so cataclysmic and shocking it might just lead him to rediscover the tranquility he seeks to restore for himself and his new bride…..



“This is where the Venn diagram of high art and extreme horror meet in the middle, and you will not find a better gut-punch allegory about love as a consuming passion. Literally.” Rolling Stone

“Shot in a fractured, but lingering style, Claire Denis seems to enjoy breaking up the narrative challenging you to accept mystery along  with the narrative. This will close the door on those that demand a  more conventional approach; you’re going to have to be adventurous to sit through this one.” Severed Cinema

Trouble Every Day features three incredible bloodletting sequences — one is evocatively suggestive (blades of grass tell the story of the kill), the others unbelievably gruelling.” Slant


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