Rivette assimilating Resnais' influence into his personal aesthetic. A humourous Marienbad with a scent of Daisies. Wonderful to see how the concept of recurring segments of the same long phrase worked perfectly in two radically different environments.
A key text of 1970s cinema -- and, more generally, of that strange and giddy suspended moment when dreams of counterculture began to go up in smoke but what would replace them remained far from clear -- C&J winningly, woozily dramatizes the efforts of two women to erase an obsolete, oppressive narrative. It doesn't hurt to fall off the moon. It may not help a great deal either, but time will tell, morning by morning.
A case where the parts are better than the sum. After watching the last 20 or so minutes, maybe its the other way round. In any case, it a wonderful representation of experimental cinema at its lightest, most playful, and fun. The characters are charming and easy to relate to on some level. The only flaw really s the length, though I am huge fan of Inland Empire. I will be checking out other works by Rivette.
It's been a long time since I've watched a film that's left me so dumbfounded. For three hours I was glued to the screen trying to make sense of everything, and yet you can't. This film is a love letter to the cinema itself, and it can't be called anything other than a masterpiece. And, yes, Celine and Julie do eventually go boating.
It drives me crazy that this isn't available in the Criterion Collection or anywhere on DVD. Loved it on VHS but c'mon!
Anyway completely dreamlike and delightful. Difficult to nail down but it's wistful and airy with a great ending sequence.