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Up, Down, Fragile (1995)

Haut bas fragile (original title)
Adventures of three young women in a hot and lazy Paris in summer.

Director:

Jacques Rivette

Writers:

Laurence Côte (scenario), Marianne Denicourt (scenario) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne Denicourt ... Louise
Nathalie Richard ... Ninon
Laurence Côte Laurence Côte ... Ida
André Marcon ... Roland
Bruno Todeschini ... Lucien
Wilfred Benaïche Wilfred Benaïche ... Alfredo
Marcel Bozonnet Marcel Bozonnet ... Man in the stairway
Philippe Dormoy Philippe Dormoy ... Le complice de Ninon
Enzo Enzo Enzo Enzo ... La chanteuse
Pierre Lacan Pierre Lacan ... Recordshop seller
Stéphanie Schwartzbrod Stéphanie Schwartzbrod ... Lise
Christine Vézinet Christine Vézinet ... Estelle
Anna Karina ... Sarah (avec)
László Szabó ... Le père de Louise (voice) (as Laslo Szabo)
Alain Rigout Alain Rigout ... La victime de Ninon
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Storyline

The film follows the story of three girls in contemporary Paris. One searches for her lost mother since she knows she's adopted. The other has come out of a coma and needs to have a love relationship aside from his mysterious father. The third one is a crook who redeems herself through love. The action is commented by songs and dance routines. Written by robervil

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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 April 1995 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Up, Down, Fragile See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Kourastika na skotono tous agapitikous sou (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

La fille à l'envers
Lyrics by Dennis Berry and Anna Karina
Music by Stéphane Vilar
Performed by Anna Karina with, accordéon : Jean Bolognesi - piano : Bertrand Lajudie
Editions : Warner Chappel Music France / Emma Production
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Big applause for Rivette, Richard, and Denicourt
1 November 2000 | by sleepsevSee all my reviews

Superb! Excellent! Two-Thumbs Up! Gratifying! Captivating! Sumptuously Made!

That's still less than half of what I want to say for this film. I saw this film once in February, and completely fell in love with it. When it was shown in a cinema here again in October, I went to see it, doubting if my enjoyment would lessen in the second viewing when it loses all its unpredictability. But I found that my love for it grows even stronger. And I don't mind seeing it over and over again. For me, its running time seems like less than an hour. It makes time fly so quickly. Though a part of me think the film ends at the right point and at the right time, another part of me still yearns to see more of these characters. Nathalie Richard and Marianne Denicourt shines so brightly in this movie. Though I had seen a few films of Richard and Denicourt, it is this film that made me fall in love with them. From this film, I can see that Richard is very talented, and Denicourt is really alluring. I hope they will be very famous and I will have a chance to see many more of their works. Andre Marcon (Roland) is quite good too. As for Laurence Cote (Ida) and Bruno Todeschini, though they might be talented, their roles here are not of very pleasant, cheerful or likeable characters, and seem to require less range of expressive emotions than other characters. (Bruno is a lot more gorgeous in "Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train.") The choreography in this movie is my most favourite of all time. I have never seen any choreography like this before. I also like one irony in this film: Ninon wants to reveal a character's wrongdoing ,but his wrongdoing is in a way similar to her own. Songs here are very beautiful, and I'm quite impressed by Enzo Enzo. I really like the "shock therapy" scene, and an early scene in which Denicourt shows her unexpected strength is not only very comical, but also unforgettable to me.I think I would have a great fun if I could live my life in Rivette's universe, as Ninon, Louise, Celine, or Julie. Though "Celine and Julie Go Boating" is still my most favourite film by Rivette, I think "Haut bas fragile" deserves to be called one the 10 best films of the 1990's.


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