Directed by Claire Denis • 1990 • France, West Germany
Starring Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas, Solveig Dommartin
Inspired by the writings of anticolonialist philosopher Frantz Fanon, Claire Denis’s second feature is a dark, moody exploration of immigrant alienation. Two young men living in France, Dah (Isaach De Bankolé) from Benin and Jocelyn (Alex Descas) from the Caribbean, make money through illegal cockfighting. As Pierre (Jean-Claude Brialy), the French owner of the restaurant where the fights take place, pushes them to make the events more violent, the disillusioned Jocelyn begins looking for a way out from the sordid dealings that surround him.