Haut Bas Fragile (Up, Down, Fragile) (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Haut Bas Fragile (Up, Down, Fragile) (1995)




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Three modern Parisian women form the basis of this epic musical comedy from famed director Jacques Rivette. The story is set in summer and follows the predestined path of each woman. Louise has just awoken from a five year coma and has been released from the hospital. She moves to a hotel where she learns from talking to her father on the phone that her late aunt has bequeathed her a large chateau in Paris. Ninon works as a courier. She has recently run away from her creepy boyfriend, a criminal, and though she is trying to go straight, she can't help but rob the company cashbox and use the money to go out dancing. The third woman, Ida, is a librarian in a decorative-arts reading room. As a child, she was adopted and now wants to find her real parents. Her only clue to finding her mother is an old song that she vaguely remembers. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for Haut Bas Fragile (Up, Down, Fragile)

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What Mr. Rivette has concocted might be described as a lighthearted existential romp in which life is a playful dialogue between reality and fantasy, between musical comedy and drama, and you never know when one will turn into the other.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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I think one could argue that Up Down Fragile not only tells us a lot about what utopia would feel like, it also tells us a little about how it would be organized.

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
Chicago Reader
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There are millions of stories in Rivette's naked city, and they're all ours for the making.

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
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The title comes from the markings found on packages delivered by the postal service.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Haut Bas Fragile (Up, Down, Fragile)

Fantastic! Rivettian conspiracy + musical numbers+ Secret Society + expressive colors + long takes = badass P.S: Anna Karina, how far thou hath fallen. O_O

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