This overlooked jewel from French New Wave titan Jacques Rivette is a beguiling mystery about the riddles of love and art. Jane Birkin and Geraldine Chaplin star as actresses recruited by an enigmatic playwright (Jean-Pierre Kalfon) to star in a new work that will take place in his outrageously decorated mansion. But as life imitates art and vice versa, the two women find themselves drawn into a bizarre love quadrangle in a house haunted by the specter of a mystery woman. Rivette’s pet themes—acting, magic, female friendship—are all explored in one of the director’s most engaging, emotionally complex films. An NYFF22 selection.

  • Directed By Jacques Rivette
  • 1984
  • France
  • French with English subtitles
  • 35mm
  • 125 minutes