The Story of Marie and Julien Reviews

October 17, 2018
I can't always see what [director Jacquees] Rivette gains by stripping his presentation down to such bare patterns of encryption, but his cerebrality paradoxically heightens the sensual impact of his imagery.
November 12, 2007
For a picture about the fantastic and supernatural, it's a surprisingly flat and unmagical affair.
November 12, 2007
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.
October 10, 2006
An intellectually dazzling but slow-moving, dreary and somewhat pretentious chamberwork.
June 24, 2006
Far from bad, but academic and -- for once with this director -- overlong.
April 1, 2006
An intellectual exercise in metaphysical romance -- Ghost for art-house audiences. But what it gains from structural analysis, it loses in emotional impact.
October 6, 2005
One of Rivette's most straightforward and intriguing works, and one of his most successful narratives.
August 7, 2005
Insistent minimalism--not everyone's expectations since "The Sixth Sense" but sighting of the Beart body creates an effect of its own.
September 18, 2004
Although slow-moving and slightly muted in its emotional pay-off, the film is distinguished by a carefully layered performance from the impressive Bart, who subtly conveys Marie's other-worldly detachment and her human vulnerability.
September 18, 2004
It's just dull.
November 10, 2003
["The Story of Marie and Julien"] is lovely to look at, gorgeously photographed by William Lubchansky.... But, the film never stirred my core.
November 5, 2003
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 4, 2003
Rivette's glacial film creates a unique world of dulled Parisian blues and grays, exemplified by the fabulous production design and art direction.