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!