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Story of Marie & Julien (2003)

Cast: Emmanuelle Béart, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Anne Brochet, more...
Director: Jacques Rivette
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Studio: Koch Lorber Films
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France
Running Time: 150 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Jacques Rivette's Histoire de Marie et Julien (The Story of Marie and Julien) stars Emmanuelle Béart and Jerzy Radziwilowicz as a pair of ex-lovers who get back together after their lives change. Julien (Radziwilowicz) is a clock repairman whose girlfriend has left him. Marie (Béart) is a mysterious woman who does not bleed after being cut. Her boyfriend has died. Marie and Julien had once engaged in an affair when they were each involved with other people, and now that they have no emotional entanglements, they slowly begin a new relationship. This film started decades before as a project in Rivette's "Scenes From a Parallel Life" series and abandons the majority of the formal rules imposed by the filmmaker on the other films in the cycle. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

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A romantic ghost story. by bokjlee September 30, 2005 - 8:06 PM PDT
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1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
A love story between a man and a female ghost.

For Hardened Rivette Fans Only by talltale September 26, 2005 - 10:31 PM PDT
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3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Jacques Rivette brings his intellectual, probing but pretty bizarre filmmaking skills to the subject of ghosts and guilt in THE STORY OF MARIE & JULIEN. If you are a die-hard Rivette-ist, by all means go for it. But since, in my limited experience, there are relatively few of these among movie fans, perhaps caution is in order.

Despite the gorgeous and talented Emmanuelle Beart and Man of Iron/Marble's Jerzy Radziwilowicz, the best performance comes from a novice cat who looks at the camera in the first scene but quickly learns his lesson and performs like a pro. Over-all (and over-long at two-and-one-half hours), the movie is extremely slow going. ALthough I am not one who loves a lot of "back story" tacked on to characters, just a tad more might have helped here. We know a bit about Julien (he's a clock-fixer) but almost nothing about Marie. Hint to director: knowing people helps you care about them.

As is often the case in Rivette's semi-dreamlike work, you may feel this is a lot of "to do" over far too little (Shakespeare probably said that better). "Celine & Julie Go Boating" and "La Belle Noiseuse" remain this near-80-year-old Frenchman's best films that I've seen--and the former is STILL unavailable on American DVD. Shame!




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