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The Gang of Four (1989)

La bande des quatre (original title)
A drama following 4 women at stage school. Considered by some to be the summation of director Jacques Rivette's work as a whole.

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Bulle Ogier ...
Constance
Benoît Régent ...
Thomas
Fejria Deliba ...
Anna
Laurence Côte ...
Claude
Bernadette Giraud ...
Joyce
Inês de Medeiros ...
Lucia (as Ines d'Almeida)
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Cécile
Pascale Salkin ...
Corinne
Dominique Rousseau ...
Pauline
Agnès Sourdillion ...
Jeanne (as Agnès Sourdillon)
Irina Dalle ...
Esther
Caroline Gasser ...
Raphaële
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Marine
Florence Lannuzel ...
Louise
Françoise Muxel ...
Valérie
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A drama following 4 women at stage school. Considered by some to be the summation of director Jacques Rivette's work as a whole.

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Hor ch'el ciel e la terra
Music by Claudio Monteverdi
Solistes, choeur et orchestre de la Societa cameristica di Lugano
Conducted by Edwin Loehrer
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17 November 2009 | by (ny-vt) – See all my reviews

"Gang of Four" is hard to find words for. However I think it does address, in a detached and engaging manner, the themes of coming-of-age and community in the lives of several young women at an elite prestigious acting school?

And gender seems to be the most specific definer of these themes. The teacher, Constance, at some point in her professional career, made the decision to exclude male students from her school. This in turn informs the lives of her young actors, who are each expected to play male role and female roles. Claude seems especially affected by this form of teaching and experiences much confusion in discerning men and in her own gender identity.

Lucia, another of the four, has disgraced her family over her refusal to marry a pre-selected husband. Anna, whose actual name is Laura, takes this name to hold the memory of her missing sister close to her thoughts and actions. Cecile is not one of the gang of four (she left this residence house earlier) but she is having much of her identity shaped by a relationship to Antoine, who seems to be involved in some kind of dubious radical or criminal activities (this was never clear to me).

And then there's Thomas who seems to be the cross between a mole and a eunuch, who slithers into the the female household, in his ostensible pursuit of the elusive Antoine. However, his unstated purpose seems to be to disrupt and control the individual lives and growing commonality of the four women. He manipulates one woman against another by seduction, lies, and feigned heroism. And with an unrelenting mocking presence for which he has no compunction he puts the full disruptive burden of his presence onto them If it's Constance's resolve to exerts a kind of pressure on her charge's youthful insecurity and dependency and steer them clear of false emotions, Thomas' resolve is to break their solidarity, not test it.

Despite the drama on and off the stage, and all the motion, energy, body language, gestures, declamations, and tantrums, the general effect is both low key and even. No one stands out except perhaps Laurence Cote and Bulle Ogier as Claude and Constance. In the end, all the closures and variables in the lives depicted seem begin to co-exist. The young women come to inhabit their own scripts, and this in a world without and sometimes in spite of men.


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