L'Amour Fou (1969)




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Movie Info

A director and his actress lover rehearse for a tragic play. Complications set in when their life at home affects their performances at work. The director professes his love for the woman while seeking comfort in the arms of other women in the stage production. The sensitive woman tries to overcome her nature and her lover's indiscretions to succeed in the often callous world of show business. Art imitates life in this slow-moving feature that is over four hours in length. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama
Directed By:
Sophie Dulac Distribution


Critic Reviews for L'Amour Fou

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

L'Amour Fou, while possibly not a masterpiece, is a work of such interest, skill and intelligence that it deserves to be something better than a legend -- in what is, after all, still its own time.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Rivette's claim to the status of a key innovator in contemporary cinema began with this film.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Directed with rigorous tact, L'Amour fou is unconcerned with speaking through any historical framework. It is devoted, rather, to the calm, thoughtful, and ultimately elusive reflections of M. Bergé on the dismantling of a legacy.

Full Review… | May 11, 2011
Film Comment Magazine

A true must-see if you adore fashion, interior design, the Sixties and Seventies, travel, and an exploration of depressed genius with guest appearances by Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger.

Full Review… | April 14, 2011

Harrowing disintegration

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

This is unusual and adventurous cinema.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007

Audience Reviews for L'Amour Fou

Rivette has worked the concept of actors performing a work and the effect it has on their lives in many of his films (Va Savior, Gang of Four) but here it is done to perfection. The performances by Bulle Ogier and Jean Pierre Kalfon are the finest of their careers. A masterpiece.

Generoso Fierro
Generoso Fierro

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