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The Story of Marie and Julien
Jacques Rivette's Histoire de Marie et Julien (The Story of Marie and Julien) stars Emmanuelle Béart and Jerzy Radziwilowicz as a pair of ex-lovers who get back together after their lives change. Julien (Radziwilowicz) is a clock repairman whose girlfriend has left him. Marie (Béart) is a mysterious woman who does not bleed after being cut. Her boyfriend has died. Marie and Julien had once engaged in an affair when they were each involved with other people, and now that they have no emotional entanglements, they slowly begin a new relationship. This film started decades before as a project… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Far from bad, but academic and -- for once with this director -- overlong."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"All the story's power is allowed to leak away by the deliberative heaviness with which Rivette pads through his 150-minute narrative, with its exasperating lack of dramatic emphasis."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"One of Rivette's most straightforward and intriguing works, and one of his most successful narratives."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's just dull."
‑ Sam Jordison, Film4
"Rivette, working from a story he developed with Pascal Bonitzer and Christine Laurent, ushers us slyly toward an ending that surprises and provokes, yet offers the possibility of love reborn."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"An intellectually dazzling but slow-moving, dreary and somewhat pretentious chamberwork."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Insistent minimalism--not everyone's expectations since "The Sixth Sense" but sighting of the Beart body creates an effect of its own."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"["The Story of Marie and Julien"] is lovely to look at, gorgeously photographed by William Lubchansky.... But, the film never stirred my core."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"For a picture about the fantastic and supernatural, it's a surprisingly flat and unmagical affair."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"After a healthy start, pretentiousness lets down a promising premise, and the film just runs out of ticker."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"Although slow-moving and slightly muted in its emotional pay-off, the film is distinguished by a carefully layered performance from the impressive Béart, who subtly conveys Marie's other-worldly detachment and her human vulnerability."
‑ Tom Dawson,
"Rivette's glacial film creates a unique world of dulled Parisian blues and grays, exemplified by the fabulous production design and art direction."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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