Nénette et Boni

Nénette et Boni

Director: Claire Denis

Cast: Claire Denis, Grégoire Colin, Alice Houri, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi

     
 

Nenette (Alice Houri) is a 14-year-old girl with an attitude problem who runs away from her boarding school only to knock on the door of her older brother Boni (Gregoire Colin). Boni has his own problems most of which center around an erotic fixation with the baker's sexy wife (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi). He is very reluctant to take Nenette in. Then he finds out she is…  See more details below

Overview

Nenette (Alice Houri) is a 14-year-old girl with an attitude problem who runs away from her boarding school only to knock on the door of her older brother Boni (Gregoire Colin). Boni has his own problems most of which center around an erotic fixation with the baker's sexy wife (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi). He is very reluctant to take Nenette in. Then he finds out she is pregnant. As their relationship grows and adjusts, each begins to understand what maturity it takes to bring a new life into the world. Claire Denis, best known for her film Chocolat, directed. This French film won top honors at the 1996 Locarno Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A lyrical movie set among Marseilles' working class, Claire Denis' Nenette et Boni is a work of nonchalant pleasures. In telling its coming-of-age story of a brother and sister from a dysfunctional family, Nenette et Boni proceeds on its own distinctive, lackadaisical rhythm -- it isn't afraid to digress if something of greater interest draws its attention. Denis displays a gift for capturing bits of subdued, incidental beauty: The sensuous fabric of a dress, the delectable icing on a pastry, the kaleidoscopic play of lights at night. At times, her meditative glance lingers longer than usual, as in a delightful moment when a baker's wife preens to the tune of the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." As noteworthy as her knack for unlikely eye candy is her inviting humanism. In Denis' world, every individual is worthy of attention, even affection. Her characters are admirably full-bodied: They're reliable in their unpredictable humanity, acting in accordance with their own (sometimes inexplicable) motivations and never in the mere service of plot. Staying true to a career-long preoccupation with cross-cultural dynamics, Denis also includes a seemingly throwaway thread about illegal immigrants struggling to scratch out an existence in the city. It's a testament to her depth of feeling that such concerns, rendered tangentially here, nonetheless leave an impression.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2009
UPC:
0712267971527
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
NR
Source:
Strand Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
61,687

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; Other Strand releasing trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Grégoire Colin Boniface (Boni)
Alice Houri Antoinette (Nenette)
Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi Baker's Wife
Vincent Gallo Baker
Jacques Nollot Actor
Gérard Meylan Actor
Alex Descas Actor
Jamila Farah Actor
Sébastien Pons Actor
Mounir Aissa Actor
Christophe Carmona Actor
Djellali El'Ouzeri Actor
Mark Sultan Actor

Technical Credits
Claire Denis Director,Screenwriter
Vincent Arnardi Score Composer
Georges Benayoun Producer
Arnaud de Moleron Production Designer
Yan Dedet Editor
Jean-Pol Fargeau Screenwriter
Agnès Godard Cinematographer
Françoise Guglielmi Executive Producer
Thierry Lebon Score Composer
Eric Michon Musical Direction/Supervision
Tindersticks Songwriter
Jean-Louis Ughetto Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Nenette + Boni
1. Business [8:59]
2. Fantasies [6:48]
3. Obsessions [6:59]
4. Another Day [9:18]
5. Coming Back [10:19]
6. Gone [11:09]
7. Too Late [7:21]
8. Peremones [9:26]
9. Visiting [5:56]
10. Giving It Up [7:46]
11. The Birth [12:15]
12. Credits [3:11]

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