Quick-Thoughts: Claire Denis’s Nenette and Boni (1996)

Nenette and Boni is a moderately effective mood piece that executes a classic “takes one person to fill another person’s purpose and vice versa” but in a clearly unconventional style knowing Claire Denis. Something that stood out to me the most is how she transitions between scenes, using glimpses of suggestive imagery to entice us into the aggressive and diverging minds of a young adult dealing with firsthand gropes of existentialism. The sound design here is resourceful, as well, to the point where you may find yourself sucked into the familiarity of noises rather than the often still and calming visuals.

Verdict: B-

Claire Denis Ranked

“Nenette and Boni” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.

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