Céline et Julie Vont en Bateau (Celine and Julie Go Boating)
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A story about story-telling, Jacques Rivette's self-referential classic centers on the fanciful world of two women literally lost in the stories they tell each other. Celine (Juliet Berto) and Julie (Dominique Labourier) go from sharing a story about a haunted house to being part of a story about a haunted house -- or is it a real haunted house that has been called up by the story? The film blurs the line between the telling of the story and the story itself, as Celine and Julie, like Alice in Wonderland, become part of a surreal, drug-induced parallel universe; also like Alice, they… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jacques Rivette's free-form dissertation on the interzone between performance and spectatorship is the ideal filmgoing experience, even as the 'story' transcends all long-standing rules of narrative engagement."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A pleasant folly."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"If cinema can indeed "think," Jacques Rivette's Céline and Julie is an epistemological treatise."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Jacques Rivette's masterpiece is a deceptively light-hearted confection that begins and ends (or, rather, begins again) at the entrance to a Parisian wonderland."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"Jacques Rivette's spry and intoxicating 1974 comedy Celine and Julie Go Boating observes the way women look at each other, themselves, and the world around them."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"An over indulged, overlong film that has some gem-like moments but also repetitiveness and preciosity."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"When this movie sags, it becomes a series of skits, but the best parts do achieve the spontaneity and impudent freshness that this director relishes."
‑ Nora Sayre, New York Times
"Dialogue is minimal and events, such as they are, are propelled by a whimsicality characteristic of its era."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"A defiantly unhurried and opaque film in our consumer-friendly commercial cinema."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"With its commentary on art and fantasy, this is a radical experiment in non-linear filmmaking."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"Jacques Rivette's 193-minute comic feminist extravaganza is as scary and unsettling in its narrative high jinks as it is exhilarating in its uninhibited slapstick."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"one of the seminal films of the French New Wave...delightful"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A witty salute to theater, female bonding, hallucinogenic candy, and those old standbys, fantasy and reality."
‑ Donica O'Bradovich, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A charming and beautifully planned drama that resolves nothing -- and doesn't need to."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"It is an incomprehensible, enjoyable, uninhibited slapstick romp."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews