The Gang of Four (La Bande des Quatre)

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No film critic of 1989 could write an assessment of the French-made Gang of Four (originally La Bande des Quatre) without using the phrase "Pirandellian" at one point or another. The story revolves around the hand-picked acting class of a famed director (Bulle Ogier) who works only with women. The four members of the class (Fejria Deliba, Nathalie Richard, Bernadette Giraud and Ines de Medeiros D'Almeida) are assigned to study the text of the Marivaux play Double Infidelities. Now, it just so happens that the four actresses share an apartment...and as they begin allowing the Marivaux play to influence their offstage lives, they share a lot more than room and board. A winner of the Berlin Film Festival International Critics prize, Gang of Four maintains an acceptable level of suspense and sexual intrigue throughout, though the spell is broken by a confusing climax. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Critic Reviews for The Gang of Four (La Bande des Quatre)

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  • An accessible and entertaining vision of how the New Wave has survived and evolved long after it was declared dead.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • More classical and less experimental than [Rivette's] previous features, it's almost a summary and compilation of his major themes and preoccupations -- an ideal introduction to his work.

    May 16, 2002 | Full Review…
  • An intriguing, if somewhat overextended, melodrama that delves into Pirandellian questions of real versus theatrical life, and considers the nature of deception and fate.

    Nov 12, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This lengthy 155 minute work by Jacques Rivette is both brilliant and frustrating.

    May 13, 2002 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Gang of Four (La Bande des Quatre)

  • Jan 04, 2012
    Required viewing for those who want roommates :)
    John B Super Reviewer

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