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The Story of Marie and Julien (2003)

Histoire de Marie et Julien (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | 12 November 2003 (France)
Middle-aged Julien lives alone with his cat. He dreams of Marie, and a few minutes later, he sees her on the street and makes a date. He asks her to move in with him, and she does. Her ... See full summary »


Jacques Rivette


Pascal Bonitzer (scenario), Christine Laurent (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Emmanuelle Béart ... Marie
Jerzy Radziwilowicz ... Julien
Anne Brochet ... Madame X
Bettina Kee Bettina Kee ... Adrienne
Olivier Cruveiller Olivier Cruveiller ... L'éditeur
Mathias Jung Mathias Jung ... Le concierge
Nicole Garcia ... L'amie


Middle-aged Julien lives alone with his cat. He dreams of Marie, and a few minutes later, he sees her on the street and makes a date. He asks her to move in with him, and she does. Her boyfriend is dead, the rest of her past a mystery. Although they quickly seem to fall in love, she sometimes pulls away suddenly from him, is distant, and spends the night in a hotel. She also dreads something imminent and warns him that if he missteps, he will lose her and all memory of her. He responds by digging into her past: what explains her remodeling an upstairs garret room, her nightly dreams, her fears? What can he, now desperately in love, do when he learns why? Can either rescue the other? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When we see Marie choosing chairs to place in the garret, after she removes the second chair and returns to the garret empty-handed, a small stool is inexplicably where the chair had been. See more »


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One More Time
9 October 2004 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

This is the kind of film in which we are invited to indulge the director in return for the reward of fine performances/lush photography/gorgeous sets/haunting score, perm any three from four. In this case our indulgence is a tacit agreement not to wonder out loud just WHERE Julian gets the commissions to work on a series of outsize clocks in his home/workshop, or how he stumbled on the material with which he is blackmailing Madame X or indeed how anybody in the plot made the acquaintance of anyone else. Apart from Madame X and Marie he appears to have no other contact with anyone despite being middle aged and apparently well established in his large house/workshop. Trying to write a story like this must be like trying to drink from a collander so we badly need the compensation of the aforesaid fine acting, camera-work, score, etc. To some extent they are present and correct but I doubt they will be enough for the majority of viewers.

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