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Céline and Julie Go Boating

Céline et Julie vont en bateau

Directed by Jacques Rivette
France, 1974
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy


A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives preempted by a strange boudoir melodrama that plays itself out in a hallucinatory parallel reality.

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Céline and Julie Go Boating Directed by Jacques Rivette
The result is a joyously rule-breaking experimental feminist fantasy that tips its hat to the surrealist tradition, and the magic of silent-era serials. Be warned, there’s a certain amount of hippie-era goofiness, not least in the wardrobes.
June 24, 2017
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Integral to Céline and Julie Go Boating is the feeling of liquid identity, but Rivette’s characters are knowing spectators to their own madness, to the ultimate collapse of their personas, their tics and mannerisms influencing and trading with each other’s affectations.
December 24, 2015
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The loosely guided performances are often slack, and the thin depiction of daily life lessens the power of fantasy, yet Rivette’s fretful view of the dangers of stories is, in effect, a self-portrait as a cinephile on the verge of hallucination. The two women’s lust for real-world companionship, their need for vicarious heroism, and their trip through the labyrinths of repressed memories come across as the director’s job description.
December 11, 2015
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