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726 Ratings

Gang of Four

La bande des quatre

Directed by Jacques Rivette
France, Switzerland, 1989
Drama, Mystery


Anna, Joyce, Claude and Lucia are all students under the tutelage of Constance Dumas, a renowned film instructor. Lucia moves in with the other girls. Soon after, she is attacked on the street outside her home and saved by a mysterious stranger…

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Gang of Four Directed by Jacques Rivette
Rivette has tendencies similar to David Lynch in that he bends realism with supernatural elements through gesture. In the case of Gang of Four, and many of Rivette’s films, it is through a conspiracy theory, and Champetier emphasizes this with sensual, moody lensing and propensity for a color palette drenched in reds, amber, gold, and musty browns, giving off a foreshadowing feeling that a violent act will occur.
July 27, 2018
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Working from the outside in, Rivette and his actresses transform these vacant shells of people into tragically flesh-and-blood human beings. If we respond to their contrived camaraderie (as any cinemagoer is wont to do), our reactions are nonetheless tempered and kept in check by the very fact of the characters’ humanity, which is revealed slowly and disturbingly, layer by layer.
December 15, 2006
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The film intentionally creates more mystery than it can account for, leaving a buzzing sensation of forces outside of our understanding, operating in modes beyond our comprehension. Rivette’s films are directly related, in this aspect, to an American literature of paranoia, best exemplified by Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo, where conspiracy is so pervasive that it is essentially invisible.
January 24, 2003
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