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Trouble Every Day (2001) - Vampiric Projections: The Flesh is the Life

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Trouble Every Day  France, Germany, Japan 2001 Directed by  Claire Denis With  Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle, Alex Descas 1h 41m  DCP English and French voice, Norwegian text, Age limit  18 years

In Bram Stoker's novel Dracula , after attacking Dr. Seward with a knife and slashing his wrist, Renfield "was lying on his belly on the floor licking up, like a dog, the blood which had fallen from [Dr. Seward's] wounded wrist [ ...] repeating over and over again: 'The blood is the life! the blood is the life!' "
Blood as life figures a few times in the Bible, and a most interesting example, and probably most directly being alluded to in Dracula, is from Deuteronomy 12: 23: "Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh." Another instance comes from Leviticus 17: 10-14, where "the life of the flesh is in the blood".

The chapter 'The Flesh is the Life' of the Vampiric Projections examines cannibalism as vampiric consumption of the flesh, one that naturally isn't without bloodletting. 
Jalal Toufic, in his book (Vampires): An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in film, wrote, with reference to Qur'ān 2:30's “Wilt thou place therein one who will do harm therein and will shed blood ...?” : "shedding blood can be done only to a mortal (both the idiomatic Arabic expression yasfik al-dimā' and the equivalent English shed blood mean: to take life, especially with violence; kill)".

Claire Denis has been an outstanding figure in cinema since the 90's. She had already made the film Beau Travail  in 1999, two years before Trouble Every Day , which was also her first fully English-speaking feature.

Trouble Every Day  is a violently intriguing film, one that leaves the spectator in some puzzling kind of awe.

Oscar Debs, who's curating Vampiric Projections, will briefly talk about the film after the screening.

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