I won't deny that parts of this are enthralling, but it is on the whole a chore to watch. It's not the running time (although it is unquestionably too long), but rather the incessant whimsy, which would be annoying even when used pointedly (as in Daisies, a film Rivette must have been inspired by, and which I disliked for precisely the same reason), and is doubly annoying when used for such an unfocused purpose.
The sheer inventiveness and originality of Céline and Julie Go Boating is just astonishing - Jacques Rivette created a truly unique film that transcends narrative and reinvents (in Nouvelle Vague fashion) the act of making a film, which should be rule-free and born out of pure spontaneity and need to use a camera to tell something, and the way the French master does it is stunningly surrealistic and completely new.
I don't have words for how much I love this movie, Rivette's like "fantasies" are just that because you feel like you're wandering through a world of magic and mirrors and haunted houses in the best way. Shades of influences like any Cahiers boy but the movie lives up to them and they never feel like just "references" rather than invocations I guess
Strange, surreal and improbable ... but I loved this charming movie with its shades of Lewis Carroll. This is my second Rivette film after watching Out 1 and preferred this slightly. Two endearing performances by Juliet Berto and Dominique Labourier made this for me. Probably my favourite French movie.
I've never seen another film quite like Celine and Julie Go Boating. It's the story of two inextricably linked young women who slowly get sucked into a parallel reality. It has an alluring hypnotic effect, and can be outright perplexing, but once it is over reveals itself to have been constructed in perfect symmetry. Definitely one to revisit.
This is a weird movie, but a very enjoyable one. The story is somewhat complex, but it all makes some sense in the end. It is surrealistic, very funny, and one can't help but fall in love with both the characters. I truly wish people like that existed in real life. This was my first Rivette, and now I am certainly tempted to watch more of his works. Also, it makes reference to Les Vampires, so there's is that.