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The Story of Marie and Julien

Histoire de Marie et Julien

Directed by Jacques Rivette
France, Italy, 2003
Drama, Fantasy, Romance


Julien is a clockmaker with destructive impulses who decides to blackmail Madame X, a rich, attractive woman who traffics in stolen antiques. What he doesn’t know is that she has an even more dangerous secret that leads him to Marie, with whom he had fallen in love a year earlier…

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The Story of Marie and Julien Directed by Jacques Rivette

Critics reviews

Rivette, with an uncharacteristically tender emphasis, shows a tear roll down Marie’s cheek and drop onto her wrist at the end of The Story of Marie and Julien. In a movie otherwise consisting of unemphatic, shifting wide shots and the occasional functional insert shot, Rivette glides in gently to frame her face in pensive close-up—his first since Wuthering Heights?—as her expression becomes the unexpected crux of the scene.
December 22, 2015
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