After finding love and success in Italy, French actress Camille returns to Paris, the city she fled 3 years ago. She secretly dreads confronting ex-boyfriend Pierre. Her new lover also has a secret, his meeting with the intriguing Dominique while on his quest for an unpublished Goldoni manuscript.
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An auteur frothy comedy. Much like Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night, here Rivette's passion for theatre tropes is at his most literal; and for the first time I see signs of artistic fatigue in his work. Basically the same exhaustion that crept up at the end of Secret Défense here takes over the entire film. No wonder he returned to his 'Scenes de la Vie Parallele' for his next film and made Marie and Julien.
It is an amazing film, wonderfully written and directed having that connection between a little play within the play, where the one of the plots mimics the idea of the film and you just want it to continue and not to end. Rivette is one of the biggest of all times and this film is a great example, I know it is!
****1/2 A comedy in the Shakespearian sense, and perhaps Rivette's lightest film, which is hardly to say it's insubstantial, or that his films aren't always rife with play(s). But the play here, more atypically, is done on more charmingly low stakes than on Rivette's usually more philosophically and ideologically freighted terms. Also, the French major in me must insist, it's "Go Figure," not "Who Knows?" :-)
Misterios a cuentagotas, la necesidad por la apropiación de lo ajeno para satisfacer el vacío personal y quizá alguno que otro escenario donde siempre se fantasea con ser otro y despojarse de lo propio.