The Story of Marie and Julien
The Story of Marie and Julien (2003)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2003
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Far from bad, but academic and -- for once with this director -- overlong.

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Peter Bradshaw

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of Rivette's most straightforward and intriguing works, and one of his most successful narratives.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An intellectually dazzling but slow-moving, dreary and somewhat pretentious chamberwork.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Insistent minimalism--not everyone's expectations since "The Sixth Sense" but sighting of the Beart body creates an effect of its own.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

For a picture about the fantastic and supernatural, it's a surprisingly flat and unmagical affair.

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Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine

After a healthy start, pretentiousness lets down a promising premise, and the film just runs out of ticker.

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Tom Dawson

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Doctor Strangeblog
A modest little gem. As you probably guessed, this is about the relationship between Marie and Julien who reconnect after sharing an unspecified though likely… More
alan jay
this movie is so long and drawn out, and the payoff is minimal after such an arduous wait. Both lead characters act as though the entire story is a dream… More
Dimitris Springer
Expressive qualities won't be needed in the afterlife, to not reveal much,Rivette underlines the importance of being loyal and rampaging your… More