Trouble Every Day (2001)

I love you so much, I could eat you.
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Trouble Every Day - I love you so much, I could eat you

Warped libidos come into conflict with genteel middle class values in Trouble Every Day, a film which hints at an oddball demi-monde of sex and blood but - despite some very strong graphic scenes relating to that world - it never fully lives up to its promise.

We start with newlyweds Shane (Vincent Gallo) and June (Tricia Vessey) who are spending their honeymoon in the city of Paris. It's no time at all before we get the impression that there's trouble in paradise, though; the new groom can't stop thinking about blood-splattered female flesh, and he can't quite get there with his new wife... a bite-mark on June's shoulder hints at Shane's extra-curricular interests and her nervousness hints at how she felt about him "just trying something out". In a different part of town, a woman called Coré (Beatrice Dalle) seems to be suffering from a similar predicament. Given half a chance, she's out of the marital home and off to meet up with random strangers, where her sex drive turns distinctly nasty. It's up to her long-suffering husband to find her, clean her up, and try to prevent it happening again by literally locking her indoors.

Coincidence? It seems that Shane, a researcher (at least when he isn't doing his bit to deplete the city's tetanus shots) was involved with Coré's husband on ground-breaking work on the human libido, the results of which have affected them in the ways we've seen. Shane knows he must track down his ex-colleague, especially when he discovers that Coré is "sick", if he's to find a cure.

It felt like an incredibly-grisly encounter between the two was an inevitability in this film, but it didn't really come to pass; rather than develop tension or narrative, Trouble Every Day spends a lot of its time focusing on Shane's inner life, except that a combination of a rather flat performance from Gallo and clumsy over-dubbing made it difficult to feel all that interested by him. Beatrice Dalle, on the other hand, is by far the best character here, magnetic and sexy but always on the verge of terrifying - even before we know she's "a bit bitey", we know there's something sinister about her. Dalle has a volatility which makes her on-screen presence always worth seeing, and she uses this to good effect in the later French horror Inside (2007). You have to wait a good hour for her best scene here, but fucking hell...

Still, as nasty as the sex scenes can get, they're not really pinned together that strongly, and there's lots of what feels like filler. I don't think a film has to join all the dots to be successful, but I felt that the nastier scenes had impact only in and of themselves rather than as dramatic sequences, because the film asks a lot more questions than it answers and doesn't go a bundle on plot explication. All in all, there are some leg-crossingly grim scenes here, but they are to be found in a pretty slow, dialogue-lite movie which can't quite develop the human interest it needs, whilst underusing its best actress. The shock factor would have been greater for me if I'd have known more about the background of these people.

Trouble Every Day isn't a waste of time however and boasts some stylish photography and direction, whilst the central idea - of cannibalism as an extension of sex - is a nice update on the more familiar treatment of flesh-eating on screen. It just needed to be less protracted and fragmented, or maybe even play up the black comedy elements more.
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