Story of Marie and Julien - Histoire de Marie et Julien
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Rivette returns to the “Scenes de la vie parallele” cycle with this moody, surprising, and, ultimately, supernatural love story. Solitary clockmaker Julien (Jerzy Radziwilowicz) is blackmailing a counterfeiter of antique Chinese silks, but his sordid plot is complicated by the sudden appearance of Marie (Emmanuelle Béart), a mysterious woman who bears a strong resemblance to one of his former lovers. They begin a passionate romance, but a sequence of curious, otherworldly events suggests that things aren’t what they seem, and that everything in Julien’s life is connected in ways that exceed the bounds of rational explanation… An erotic and formally audacious take on the ghost story, Story of Marie and Julien is a sublime and moving work that explores fantasy and the body in equal measure to ecstatic, haunting effect.