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Merry-Go-Round (1981)

Elizabeth sends telegrams to her old boyfriend Ben in NYC and to her younger sister Leo in Rome to join her in Paris, where she is selling her dead father's estate. When Ben and Leo arrive, a mysterious adventure begins.

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Léo
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Ben
Danièle Gégauff ...
Elisabeth
Sylvie Matton ...
Shirley (as Sylvie Meyer)
Françoise Prévost ...
Renée Novick
Maurice Garrel ...
Julius Danvers
Michel Berto ...
Jérôme
Dominique Erlanger ...
La scerétaire
Frédéric Mitterrand ...
Le conseil
Jean-François Stévenin ...
Le décorateur
Pascale Dauman ...
L'infirmière
Marc Labrousse ...
Le premier complice
Jean Hernandez ...
Le deuxième complice
Benjamin Legrand ...
Le chauffeur
Florence Bernard ...
La femme du cimetière
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Elizabeth sends telegrams to her old boyfriend Ben in NYC and to her younger sister Leo in Rome to join her in Paris, where she is selling her dead father's estate. When Ben and Leo arrive, a mysterious adventure begins.

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A great pleasure to watch - for me
15 October 2002 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

I didn't even know Jacques Rivette's name before a retrospective for him started at this year's Viennale. Now I heard a lot about Rivette from the media, and I managed to see one film - and I'm really sorry for not being able to see another one!

This movie, Merry-Go-Round, was a great pleasure for me to watch because, against all odds, it turned out to be - a crime film! A crime film though, that formally switched between extreme realism (Rivette seams to be famous for letting the actors improvise a lot) and absurd postmodernism - but, after all, a fine story about criminals. Only that the criminals were not typical gangsters: a young American (played by an Italian but as he did it convincingly, I accept it) and the child-like and wild and very sexy Maia Schneider. And many more. Oh, and two po-faced musicians who perform the soundtrack of the movie before our eyes, live, so to say.

And above all, this movie was very funny - you wouldn't expect such a funny film from a filmmaker who is weird enough to make a motion picture that has a running time of 13 hours.

I should mention that the girl with whom I saw the movie had a head-ache afterwards. So, be careful.


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