The Story of Marie and Julien (2003)
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Critic Reviews for The Story of Marie and Julien
Far from bad, but academic and -- for once with this director -- overlong.
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.
For a picture about the fantastic and supernatural, it's a surprisingly flat and unmagical affair.
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.
An intellectually dazzling but slow-moving, dreary and somewhat pretentious chamberwork.
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
Expressive qualities won't be needed in the afterlife,ouch...as 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.
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.
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