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The mise en scène of desire
Towards a cinema of the senses
in Claire Denis
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Love, desire and sexuality, as depicted in the world of Claire Denis' films, elude the conventional romantic framework that defines and binds them together in mainstream fiction. From Chocolat to Vendredi soir, the sexual and emotional dimension emerges with the contradictions and uncertainty inherent in its complexity. The representation of desire, explored in its emotional, sexual and subversive aspects, is indis sociable from the director's elaboration of a 'cinema of the senses.' In its mise en scene of desire, Denis' filmmaking not only creates correspondences between the senses, but also confuses the traditional process of identification and point of view. The exploration of the thematic of desire and sexuality initiated with US Go Home and Nenette et Boni and continued in Trouble Every Day. This kind of thematic drove Denis further away from conventional models, towards the reinvention of a cinema of the senses most explicitly celebrated in Vendredi soir.

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