Paris Belongs to Us (Paris Nous Appartient)
Paris Belongs to Us (Paris Nous Appartient) (1960)

Paris Nous Appartient begins at the end-with a mysterious suicide. Curious as to why a young Spaniard would take his own life, Betty Schneider visits many of the places frequented by the dead youth. She learns from theatre-director Giani… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1960
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Rivette's tightly wound images turn the ornate architecture of Paris into a labyrinth of intimate entanglements and apocalyptic menace; he evokes the fearsome mysteries beneath the surface ...

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Jacques Rivette's troubled and troubling account of Parisians in the late 50s remains in some ways the most intellectually and philosophically mature of them as well as one of the most beautiful.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Despite its frustrating use of vague suspense and being overblown, Rivette's debut is sound both intellectually and philosophically.

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Variety Staff

All this is overblown, making it pretentious, slow-moving and fairly confused. It takes much too long to tell its over-complicated story.

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Witney Seibold

[Rivette] doesn't as fervently abandon conventional narrative in the same way Godard was so fond of, making for New Wave-flavored thrillers that are far more casual and certainly more watchable.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

The movie is a time capsule that is worth opening up to sniff the mood of its age.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

By no means this great filmmaker's best, it's still an auspicious beginning.

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Sean Axmaker

Paris does not belong to them at all. It belongs to the powerful, not the dreamers, and the powerful crush the spirits of the artists and idealists.

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Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

Rivette was perhaps more of a prognosticator than he realized, anticipating the downfall of the very movement he was involved in before it had effectively begun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Emily B.
Jacques Rivette's first feature was filmed over the course of three years which goes to explaining some of the inconsistencies. At the heart of the plot is… More