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Céline and Julie Go Boating

Céline et Julie vont en bateau

Directed by Jacques Rivette
France, 1974
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy


When Celine goes traipsing across a Parisian park, unwittingly dropping first a scarf, then other objects, Julie starts to follow her, picking up each item. So begins a fanciful relationship between the two, which soon sees each of them playfully switching identities in their daily lives.

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Céline and Julie Go Boating Directed by Jacques Rivette

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1974 | Directors' Fortnight

Locarno International Film Festival

1974 | Winner: Special Prize of the Jury




The result is a joyously rule-breaking experimental feminist fantasy that tips its hat to the surrealist tradition, and the magic of silent-era serials. Be warned, there’s a certain amount of hippie-era goofiness, not least in the wardrobes.
June 24, 2017
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Integral to Céline and Julie Go Boating is the feeling of liquid identity, but Rivette’s characters are knowing spectators to their own madness, to the ultimate collapse of their personas, their tics and mannerisms influencing and trading with each other’s affectations.
December 24, 2015
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Rivette’s fondness for the fantastical is integral to the picture’s accessibility. Despite the slew of literary references – from Marcel Proust to Henry James – and the shifting metaphysical states, it’s a tricksy, playful film that absorbs the viewer into its unique world.
November 23, 2015
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