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Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)

Céline et Julie vont en bateau: Phantom Ladies Over Paris (original title)
A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives preempted by a strange boudoir melodrama that plays itself out in a hallucinatory parallel reality.

Director:

Jacques Rivette

Writers:

Juliet Berto (scenario) (as Berto), Dominique Labourier (scenario) (as Labourier) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Juliet Berto ... Celine
Dominique Labourier ... Julie
Bulle Ogier ... Camille
Marie-France Pisier ... Sophie
Barbet Schroeder ... Olivier
Nathalie Asnar Nathalie Asnar ... Madlyn
Marie-Thérèse Saussure Marie-Thérèse Saussure ... Poupie
Philippe Clévenot Philippe Clévenot ... Guilou
Anne Zamire Anne Zamire ... Lil
Jean Douchet Jean Douchet ... M'sieur Dede
Adèle Taffetas Adèle Taffetas ... Alice
Monique Clément Monique Clément ... Myrtille
Jérôme Richard Jérôme Richard ... Julien
Michael Graham ... Boris
Jean-Marie Sénia Jean-Marie Sénia ... Cyrille
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A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives preempted by a strange boudoir melodrama that plays itself out in a hallucinatory parallel reality. Written by David Watson <watson@sgi.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 September 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Celine and Julie Go Boating See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,624, 6 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,452, 16 September 2012
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ranked number 81 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018. See more »

Quotes

Julie: It doesn't hurt to fall off the moon.
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Referenced in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) See more »

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is this an end of the world film?
26 July 2006 | by FFoureyesSee all my reviews

Just saw this film again. It must have been 30 years ago (gulp!) that I saw it last but I had such fond memories I had to drive across Scotland to see it in the art house film theatre that was finally showing it again. The film quality was very suspect - it must have been the original film print (ie the one I saw 30 years ago!) or a very dodgy copy. However what a buzz to see the film again! Can't say I noticed the heavy lesbian overtones last time - must have been young and naive. The plot takes a while to settle down but once it decides it's going to be a ghost/lesbian/murder mystery/science fiction/comedy story (!!) it really gets going. As the ghosts in the house are locked in a daily loop, re-enacting the murder of the child, so we see at the end that the film is locked in a bigger loop, when Celine and Julie (finally in a boat) with the rescued girl find the ghosts have dragged them into a cycle where the whole film repeats. They thought they had rescued the girl and broken her out of the loop, only to find that there's no escape and they are all trapped in a bigger loop. But what is the meaning of the interchangeable roles? Celine pretends to be Julie and vice versa at one stage in the story. And in the re-loop of the film at the end we see that we start off with the girls swapping roles. Is it a piece of social comment? - we're all trapped in roles that we repeat every day and these roles are interchangeable, one is as trapped as any other? If life in the film is stuck going round and round forever, doomed to repeat the days of the film like some sort of broken record repeating a song (vinyl - the good old days) - is this the ultimate end of the world film?


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