Celine and Julie Go Boating (Céline et Julie vont en bateau)

  • Dir: Jacques Rivette

  • France, 1974, 193 mins, DCP

  • Cast: Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier

Widely considered Rivette’s crowning achievement, Celine and Julie may seem like Alice in Wonderland at first, but soon you’ll find that the bonbons lead to an intricate world of labyrinth nowhere to find. Its interlaced stories set in parallel realities; its half-improvised dialogues full of word-games; its restless subversive playfulness. In Rivette’s sweeping tracking shots through forgotten corners of Paris, Celine and Julie playfully switch identities in their daily lives, and as they increasingly indulge their fantasies, they find themselves trying to rescue a young girl from a haunted house. Curiosity and imagination are infinite, as the film ends with the promise of another round of hide-and-seek game.

1974 Locarno International Film Festival, Special Prize of the Jury

26/8/2017 (Sat): Post-screening talk with Long Tin

Package Discount: 30% discount to each purchase of standard tickets of both La Chinoise & Celine and Julie Go Boating

Further Readings:
Celine and Julie Go Boating, From 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die by Steven Jay Schneider (N.Y: Barron’s, 2003)



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