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  • Actors: Jane Birkin, Geraldine Chaplin, Andre Dussollier, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Facundo Bo
  • Directors: Jacques Rivette
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bluebell Films
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb. 2008
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TQLJU0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,587 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of Jacques Rivette's most accessible films - a reflection on theatre and life, mixed with playful references to haunted-house thrillers and mysterious-mansion whodunnits. The plot concerns semi-professional actors Emily (Jane Birkin) and Charlotte (Geraldine Chaplin) and their small theatrical troupe who are brought to a famous playwright's (Jean-Pierre Kalfon) ornate, decaying mansion to perform a work-in-progress that seems to mirror some unexplained recent events in the author's own life. The play does not have a final act, the playwright tells his guests, because the story isn't over yet...

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By HJ on 23 May 2008
Format: DVD
A famous playwright invites a trio of actors to stay at his mansion and rehearse a vicious autobiographical play. In the act of rehearsing & performing the play (Rivette's favourite metaphor for creating art / living life) various desires and anxieties emerge amongst the actors & inhabitants of the mansion.
Love On The Ground is one of three virtually unknown Rivette films from the 1980s being put out by Bluebell DVD - films which did not get a cinema release outside France.
Love On The Ground is a very typical Rivette film and will divide viewers just like all his others: you will either find it intriguing, evocative, disturbing & moving or you will find it tedious, irritating, indulgent & banal. This film resembles the better known Celine & Julie but personally I found it preferable - a bit less precious / cute & with less absurd conceits. Also I really liked Jane Birkin & Geraldine Chaplin in the main roles.
There are some scenes & plot contrivances towards the end which didn't work for me but overall this is one of Rivette's better films and definitely recommended to fans of the director. Anyone else should approach with caution.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tonkfan on 11 Mar. 2009
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I actually prefer Celine and Julie Go Boating, possibly because I have known and loved that film for so long, and the era reminds me of very early childhood memories, but this is still a very good and very enjoyable film.

Birkin and Chaplain make a charismatic pair (Birkin in particular was made for Rivette films) and the themes that made Celine and Julie so intriguing are here once again, but woven into a slightly more contemporary tale of play rehearsal and menages a trois.

Hard to explain/review, necessarily long, but very easy to watch. I do agree with the previous reviewer however, that non-Rivette fans should approach with extreme caution.

As for me, I will be watching again as soon as I have an afternoon off ...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2009
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Two actresses (Birkin & Chaplin) are invited to a mansion to practise for a play, directed by the house's owner.

I am, normally, a fan of Rivette's movies. I think 'Celine & Julie go boating' is absolutely wonderful. But this 'Love on the ground' is an absolute dead duck, for me. The filming technique is gorgous, as always, with his tracking shots and gorgeous still-life details; but the acting is so actor-y, the players so uninteresting... only Birkin looks alive to me, and I actually enjoyed some scenes in which she was involved - there were some faint echoes of Celine & Julie, which gave me high hope. But the anorexic-looking Chaplin seems to suck the life out of the scenes in which she appears, and after an hour and ten minutes I reluctantly gave up. I might try again, in a year or so, when I have forgotten how bad I thought this was!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Jones on 25 April 2014
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Magical and entrancing tale of theater, ghosts, reflections and obsessive love 23 Sept. 2009
By Muzzlehatch - Published on Amazon.com
L'AMOUR PAR TERRE (Love on the Ground) begins - as so often with this director - with people doing something that takes a while to be made clear. A group of rather bourgeois men and women climb the stairs in an old apartment building; they are ushered into a series of rooms by a set of male twins - the first of many times in the film where the "twinning" theme will be used. They watch a series of farcical scenes played out between a man (Facundo Bo) and his two lovers (Geraldine Chaplin and Jane Birkin) and it becomes clear that they (and we) are watching a play performed in an actual apartment. A play that quickly spills over into reality as the actor Silvano proceeds to become drunk on the real whiskey that he is drinking instead of prop whiskey - and the playwright Clémont (Jean-Pierre Kalfon) responsible for the piece, uncredited by Silvano who is apparently director and adapter as well as star, turns out to be in the audience.

It's just another piece of theater blending into life, fantasy intertwined so expertly with reality that it's impossible to say at most points in the film whether we're watching a play, a dream, reality, a vision of the future, or a ghost story, another marvel from the French man of mystery Jacques Rivette. The three actors far from being chastised by the playwright all end up quickly encamping at Clémont's ridiculously extravagant white classical mansion, apparently in Paris when we first see it, but with the sound of the sea evident in at least one later scene; it is a house on the borderlands between the conscious and unconscious, between the players and their roles. Soon Charlotte (Chaplin) and Emily (Birkin) are playing roles that we find are thinly veiled autobiographical elements in the playwright's life, and soon they seem to spin out of control emotionally and towards insanity, as do most of the other guests/actors/writers involved in the improbable scenario.

Filled with references to Dante (Virgil and Beatrice), mythology and early French history (Clovis) and the Zodiac which appears in mosaic form on the floor of the rotunda of Clémont's mansion, with sorcerers and premonitions of death, long-lost lovers who return at impossible moments, this is Rivette's most overtly magical and bizarre film since his pair of mystic genre films from 1976, DUELLE and NOROIT, and like those films and much of the best of his work it is so long and complex that one viewing can hardly do it justice or suffice to touch more than a handful of its mysteries. Possibly the most significant of its literary/theatrical references is to Shakespeare, both in direct quotation (a minor character is translating Hamlet into Finnish and turns out - like many other characters) to speak flawless English and to know Shakespeare by heart), and in the references to Shakespearian acting conventions as both Emily and Charlotte at different times play the "pants" role.

It may also be the most self-referential film in an ouevre that is filled with films that spill over into each other, with clear nods to OUT 1, CELINE ET JULIE VONT EN BATEAU and the two 1976 films, and many elements that point the way towards later theatrically-influenced and ghost-entranced works like LA BAND DES QUATRES and HISTOIRE DE MARIE ET JULIEN. And like much of his best work, it is completely unpredictable and contains elements of comedy, tragedy, the surreal and farce mixing in such an elegant fashion that whether the film will end in madness, murder, love or friendship - or all of the above - remains impossible to guess until the credits roles.

A masterpiece, rich and complex and a film I will return to over and over....I'm only scratching the surface here. Currently only available with English subtitles on this R2 DVD from Bluebell (UK) but well worth getting for American fans, there's certainly no telling when or if it will ever get a domestic release.
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