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      Nenette and Boni

      Released Sep 19, 1997 1 hr. 43 min. Drama List
      86% 14 Reviews Tomatometer 78% 250+ Ratings Audience Score Boni (Grégoire Colin) spends his days making pizza and salivating over the local baker's gorgeous wife (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi). But everything changes when he gets an unexpected visit from his teenage sister, Nenette (Alice Houri). Known for making trouble, the girl has run away from her boarding school. She wants to stay with Boni, and he eventually agrees. As the estranged pair reconnect, Boni gets some news that puts his life in perspective: his little sister is pregnant. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member interesting coming of age tale edgy & gritty Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Denis inszeniert so leichtfà 1/4Ãig wie selten, und verbirgt im Kern dieses luftigen, farbenfrohen Films ein gewaltsames inzestuöses Drama - ohne es auch nur mit einem Wort konkret werden zu lassen und so an die Oberfläche der Erzählung zu holen. Zwar ist NÃNETTE ET BONI gleichwohl ein à 1/4berraschend geradliniger Film - im Rahmen von Denis' Werk -, aber die wunderbar unkonzentrierte, schweifende Erzählung lässt in keinem Moment Zweifel daran, dass es noch unzählige andere Geschichten gäbe, die ebenso gut erzählt werden könnten. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Unusual, dreamy, and immersive. Claire Denis keeps a grip on the audience's senses while venturing into edgy subject material. The performances are naturalistic and powerful, and the music by Tindersticks underlines the overall tone of the film. A beautiful, surprising, compelling film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member THe scene where the pregnant teen is looking at her belly under the covers and sees or at least imagines it bulge where the baby is kicking is so good. There are some other good scenes here too and it's funny that everyone pretty much stays unlikeable like they would in real life but you kinda like them anyway. It's an accomplishment. Also you'll never look at pizza dough the same way again. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member A simple tale of domestic dysfunction and coming-of-age, but done Claire Denis style... that is to say, dreamy and impressionistic, full of humour, eroticism and fondness towards its troubled characters, especially the one played wonderfully by Gregoire Colin. Lovely score by Tindersticks, too. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member I really didn't care for movie whole duration. 85% Flixter users liked it??? So it is just me then? Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Bill Weber Slant Magazine A sibling drama of unsentimental urban grit and swooning lyricism. Rated: 3.5/4 May 25, 2009 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times [Claire Denis] feels affection for the characters, especially Boni, and is very familiar with them. Maybe that's why she feels free to tell the story so indirectly. Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Rated: 2/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Ryne Clos Spectrum Culture With her final early-career film prior to her mega-breakout a couple of years later, Denis offers us a glimpse of her subversive and efficacious approach to gender and sexuality. May 2, 2022 Full Review Deborah Hornblow Hartford Courant French director Claire Denis has fashioned a quietly thrilling, unexpectedly poignant film with Nenette et Boni, a simple tale of a family reunion that earns its distinction in the telling. May 25, 2018 Full Review Aaron Hillis GreenCine It's a melodramatic premise on paper that, in the wrong hands, might have succumbed to the sensationalism of its mildly incestuous undertones. Rated: 6/10 Nov 17, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Boni (Grégoire Colin) spends his days making pizza and salivating over the local baker's gorgeous wife (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi). But everything changes when he gets an unexpected visit from his teenage sister, Nenette (Alice Houri). Known for making trouble, the girl has run away from her boarding school. She wants to stay with Boni, and he eventually agrees. As the estranged pair reconnect, Boni gets some news that puts his life in perspective: his little sister is pregnant.
      Director
      Claire Denis
      Executive Producer
      Francois Guglielmi
      Screenwriter
      Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
      Distributor
      Strand Releasing
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 19, 1997, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      May 26, 2009
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $61.9K
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm