- Actors: Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier, Marie-France Pisier, Barbet Schroeder
- 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: 2
- Studio: Bfi
- DVD Release Date: 25 Sept. 2006
- Run Time: 192 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000H5TIH4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,815 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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CÉLINE AND JULIE GO BOATING
A film by Jacques Rivette
Céline (Juliet Berto), a magician, and Julie (Dominique Labourier), a librarian, meet in Montmartre and wind up sharing the same flat, bed, fiancé, clothes, identity and imagination. Soon, thanks to a magic sweet, they find themselves spectators, then participants, in a Henry James-inspired film-within-the film - a melodrama unfolding in a mysterious suburban house with the 'Phantom Ladies Over Paris' (Bulle Ogier and Marie-France Pisier), a sinister man (Barbet Shroeder) and his child.
Céline and Julie Go Boating, Rivette's rarely seen yet biggest commercial hit, is an exhilarating combination of the themes of theatricality, paranoia and la vie parisienne, all wrapped up in an extended and entrancing examination of the nature of film-making (and film-watching).
- New filmed introduction by Jonathan Romney on Rivette and Céline and Julie Go Boating, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles
- Toute la mémoire du monde (Alain Resnais, 1956, 20 mins, English subtitles)
- The Haunted Curiosity Shop (R W Paul, 1901, 2 mins, silent)
- Fully illustrated booklet with essay by Tom Milne; interviews with Dominique Labourier, Juliet Berto and Rivette; Susan Seidelman's reflections on her Rivette-inspired Desperately Seeking Susan, and Rivette biography by Jason Wood
France | 1974 | black and white | French language with optional English subtitles | 192 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Region 2 DVD
'A mindbending adventure, an exhilarating plunge into the delights and terrors of memory and imagination' --Jonathan Rosenbaum
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Try as we might, it just proved impossible as the narrative, although at times bordering on painfully slow, gripped us both with the question of what was going to happen to the women, their relationship, and in that house! There are a lot of surreal aspects to this film but that doesn't make it irrational, rather it draws you in and, if willing, makes you think about the various pictures, objects and characters and their relation to each other, as well as the nature of reality.
A lot of the difficulty with watching this film comes during large, slow-moving scenes in the middle, but if you persevere as we did, you are rewarded with an increasingly fascinating and amusing finale in which the narrative becomes progressively quicker and the scenes ever stranger.
In the end, the desire to work through the story provided our incentive to stay, and i'm so glad we did; the twist at the end as well as one of the most sublime pictures in a film i've seen making it, for me, a captivating experience.
Against my expectations, I loved this film, and hadn't been so enraptured by a movie since seeing Cinema Paradiso (though for very different reasons).
The film never moves out of slow pace and it is so easy to give up on it, but stick with it and you end up being sucked into a strange alternate reality as they enter a house and try to unravel the mystery it holds. Strangely the 193 minute film on the first disc seems overlong, but having sat through it, it now seems that to have shortened it would have destroyed the film. The other disc is just as bizarre as the film itself having some documentaries and other bonus material.
This is a film that will definitely not suit the majority and plods along making it unsuitable for most adventure fans. The budget seems low and its almost like Twin peaks meets Big Brother. Lots of time spent apparently going nowhere, but it is cleverly done. A solid **** rating.
Which is probably the reason he isn't as well known as the other New Wavers, such as Godard and Truffaut.
Yet surely fans of the French New Wave are actively looking for films that are a little strange and obtuse aren't they? If that person is you, then I wholeheartedly recommend that you give this film a try.
Celine and Julie meet for the first time at Montmartre. They suddenly end up sharing everything, life, flat, fiance, job, everything. On discovering a magic sweet, they find themselves participating in a film within a film. A young girl has been murdered and the duo must piece together the clues to find the culprit and save the girl. (if that plotline isn't the embodiment of genius, I don't know what is).
Apart from the baffling, magical plot, Celine and Julie works due to the natural chemistry of its leading ladies, Dominique Labourier and the late Juliet Berto. Just watching them impersonating each other during several awkward moments is a joy to behold.
But what resonates most is how Rivette's camera seamlessly enters these characters lives. The viewer almost becomes a third member of this team. As they piece together the plot, we are just as confused as they are.
Then there are the visuals. All hazy loveliness and sweet dreams, this is a place that lies somewhere past the end of the rainbow.
They sure don't make them like this anymore.
It takes some patience and a great deal of dedication to watch for the first time, but if you can make the effort, each viewing after just gets better.
As reviews often point out, it's rather like an adult version of Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking glass, of which there are echoes throughout, and you never quite know what is real and what is hallucination. To be honest, it doesn't really matter, because the film is a triumph of ideas and imagination over rigid structure and stifling plot devices.
The early 70s setting seems to add to that feeling of hallucinogenic fantasy and illusion, and of a less cynical era when anything seemed possible. It's definitely not for everyone, but if you stick with it, Celine and Julie will take you on a far more satisying ride than any US blockbuster.
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I watched this in 4 stages, but enjoyed it by the end...although at various points I was frustrated with it, but kinda suspected it would...Read more
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