After scientist Sylvie discovers her brother Paul trying to steal a gun from her lab, he explains that he wishes to avenge the death of their father whom he suspects died at the hands of his business partner.
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Not too long! Beautiful. I enjoyed all 168 minutes. I like watching Sandrine Bonnaire walking around, having her morning coffee, and Rivette shoots her beautifully, making what could have been an ordinary thriller into a character study. She also starred in Rivette's JEANNE LA PUCELLE, 5 & 1/2 hours, and it was great. Granted, I had the luxury of watching these films in pieces, half in the theater, and half at home.
A little movie called Up Down Fragile grabbed my attention some years ago, and I have sought every Rivette film since then. Like Visconti, the longer the better when atmosphere is one of the main characters. Take the time, it is worth it..
This is a movie that should be boring, but it isn't. Rivette has a way of generating interest in the littlest of things. The tension here is like a screw being tightened. There's always a feeling that everything is about to explode. It's very hard to explain the appeal here, but I dig this one a lot.
Overwrought drama not without some style and verve. The two leads could easily have been played by Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu and were a bit two dimensional - she the strong willed, long strides, closed mouthed and not to be courted woman and he the mysterious lady's man. I kept wishing there was something more here. More sustenance and less style. Less pouring and drinking of wine and keeping of secrets.