The Story of Marie and Julien (2003)

The Story of Marie and Julien




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Jacques Rivette's Histoire de Marie et Julien (The Story of Marie and Julien) stars Emmanuelle Béart and Jerzy Radziwilowicz as a pair of ex-lovers who get back together after their lives change. Julien (Radziwilowicz) is a clock repairman whose girlfriend has left him. Marie (Béart) is a mysterious woman who does not bleed after being cut. Her boyfriend has died. Marie and Julien had once engaged in an affair when they were each involved with other people, and now that they have no emotional … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Jul 12, 2005

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Critic Reviews for The Story of Marie and Julien

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

Far from bad, but academic and -- for once with this director -- overlong.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Rivette, working from a story he developed with Pascal Bonitzer and Christine Laurent, ushers us slyly toward an ending that surprises and provokes, yet offers the possibility of love reborn.

November 5, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

For a picture about the fantastic and supernatural, it's a surprisingly flat and unmagical affair.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007
Observer [UK]

All the story's power is allowed to leak away by the deliberative heaviness with which Rivette pads through his 150-minute narrative, with its exasperating lack of dramatic emphasis.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007

An intellectually dazzling but slow-moving, dreary and somewhat pretentious chamberwork.

Full Review… | October 10, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

After a healthy start, pretentiousness lets down a promising premise, and the film just runs out of ticker.

Full Review… | April 1, 2006
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Story of Marie and Julien


this movie is so long and drawn out, and the payoff is minimal after such an arduous wait. Both lead characters act as though the entire story is a dream sequence, and Jerzy acts mainly stone faced throughout, as though he is in a permanent daze. At the least, Ms Beart is terrific to gaze at, and puts forth a believable performance. you have heard of the movie "Casper the friendly ghost" ? This movie would aptly be titled "Marie, the horny ghost". The best part of this dvd is the extra where the director is interviewed. His intellectual discussion about the difference between phantoms and ghosts provided me some needed unintentional humor after watching this movie

alan jay

Super Reviewer

Expressive qualities won't be needed in the afterlife, to not reveal much,Rivette underlines the importance of being loyal and rampaging your beliefs.Julien is a despicable person and Marie is the angel in disguise,and these malicious creatures crave each other like animals.Rivette's poetic way to show it all prevents him from offering a true masterpiece but I forgive him because his subplot devices and fascinating tempos distinguish him.

Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer


A very deliberately paced story, it keeps the viewer guessing what the movie is really about for quite some time. Yet somehow it's not boring. You do need to have patience to fully appreciate it, though.

Gabriel Knight

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