The Story of Marie and Julien

  • Dir: Jacques Rivette

  • France/Italy, 2003, 144min, 35mm

  • Cast: Emmanuelle Béart, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Anne Brochet

Twenty-seven years after he originally conceived Scènes de la vie parallèle – a series of four films, of which he completed two before a nervous breakdown – Jacques Rivette finally made the love story segment of his tetralogy. Reworking from notes taken by his former assistant Claire Denis, Rivette depicts the story of a strange and passionate love affair between a clockmaker (Jerzy Radziwilowicz) and a woman (Emmanuelle Béart) he’d met a year before. Marie’s enigmatic reappearances – possibly as a revenant from the dead – occurs in parallel with Julien’s attempt to blackmail the mysterious Madame X (Anne Brochet). This compelling story about the power of love against the fear of death showcases Rivette’s skills in weaving elements from Celtic folklore as well as film noir.

16/12/2016 (Fri): Post-screening talk with Sonia Au

Package Discount: 30% discount to each purchase of standard tickets of both Merry-Go-Round and The Story of Marie and Julien

Further reading:
Sounding Out the Operatic: Les filles du feu, Merry-Go-Round, and Le Pont du Nord, Extracted from Jacques Rivette by Wiles, Mary M. (Urbana Ill: University of Illinois Press, 2012).
The Story of Marie and Julien, originally published in The 28th Hong Kong International Film Festival Main Catalogue



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