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Nenette and Boni

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  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Drab and dreary Marseilles is the home of a vagabond band of teenage ruffians, and Boni Pavone is at the center, living alone in an abandoned apartment, working at a pizza cart, running scams and letting his barely repressed desires for the local boulangere virtually explode. When Nenette, his similarly street-smart and aloof sister breaks out of boarding school and shows up pregnant on his doorstep, Boni must deal with himself as well as his family. Young identities desperately trying to create themselves in spite of and in isolation from the world of adults lies at the core of this hypnotically real distillation of teenage struggle. As Nenette and Boni rekindle their familial bond, they also resume their communal hatred of their father, who wants to reclaim Nenette. Finding comfort in each other, the damage rendered by their disjointed youths comes into sharp focus. The dazzling and sensual cinematography of Agnes Godard renders Boni's pubescent awkwardness and Nenette's wistful loneliness palpable and compelling.
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  • Credits
    Gregoire Colin, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Alice Houri, Jacques Nolot, Alex Descas, Vincent Gallo
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Unsentimental, utterly engaging....Colin is irresistible....Moments of sheerly life-affirming good humor..."
    Film Comment

    "...It captures the stubborn spirit of youth itself..."
    New York Times

    "...[Denis] makes a more delicate film. She feels affection for the characters..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Seductive and inviting imagery by her longtime cinematographer Agnes Godard brings out Denis's trademark style of impressionistic juxtaposition and fractured but telling moments."
    Film Comment

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