To read my essay on two films by Claire Denis, consider buying a copy of Firelies, Issue 3. It’s full of stunning words and images on the films of two directors: Claire Denis, and Jia Zhangke.
Denis turns the volume down on profundity. She lets the unsteadiness, the horror, the kindness, the passion, be paced out by the truly banal: cleaning, eating, bathing, thinking. She justifies the everyday; she situates the drive towards the other and towards death in it, reminding me that the cultural significance of my own flesh sack is in fact measured out piece by piece by the rituals of being. And that nothing resolves the trouble of desire.