The Story of Marie and Julien Reviews

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.
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.
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.
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.