Claire Denis

France 90 min Fiction


Friday night. Laure has packed up all her belongings in boxes. Tomorrow she’s shifting house, going to live with François. But tonight, right now, she leaves the empty apartment where she’s never felt at home, heading for dinner at Marie and Bernard’s place. She gets caught up in an enormous traffic jam. But Laure couldn’t care less, for tonight, in her car, she really feels just right. It’s warm, nothing can happen to her. And outside, it’s winter. People on foot dash to get home, going every which way, traffic is blocked, horns blow, everybody is tense. Everybody except a man in a leather jacket, standing still, just a little way up ahead.


Claire Denis

Claire Denis was born in Paris in 1948, and raised in colonial Africa. She  initially studied economics, but then she went to the IDHEC, the French film school. After working as assistant to Jacques Rivette, Jim Jarmusch and Wim Wenders, she makes her debut in a feature film with Chocolat (1988).

Filmography: Aller au diable (2011), Una mujer en África (White Material) (2009), 35 Rhums (2008), Vers Mathilde (2005), L'intrus (2004), Vendredi Soir (2002), Trouble Every Day (2001), Beau Travail (1999), Nenétte et Boni (1996), J'ai pas sommeil (1994), Jacques Rivette, le veilleur (1990), S'en fout la mort (1990), Chocolat (1988)

Claire Denis

Film information

Int. title: Friday Night
Director: Claire Denis
Script: Claire Denis, Emmanuelle Bernheim
Contact: Pathé International
With: Valérie Lemercier, Vincent Lindon, Hélène de Saint-Père, Hélène Fillières, Florence Loiret, Grégoire Colin, Micha Lescot, Nicolas Struve
Country: France
Year: 2002
Format: 35 mm
Length: 90 min
Language: French
Subtitles: Catalan/English
Edition: 2012