Directed by: Jacques Rivette The film was released on December 13, 1958. Quick-witted, well-read cultured types revolve around each other in a delightful potpourri of theatre, romanticism and theft. Paris Belongs to Us. Music and camerawork are very unusual, the latter making the film rank among the best of the European New Wave.9 out of 10. The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Title: This movie dawdles too much to be called a metaphysical thriller, but it has a distinct flavour, which you’ll need to roll around your mouth to see if you like it. On the one hand, the film’s convincing socio-political and psychological portrayal of modern experience as a perceptual labyrinth in which one is persecuted by a dreadful (yet invisible) conspiracy, evokes the Kafkaesque more successfully than many films which have consciously tried to do so. Thematically, the viewer feels the effect of traditionally opposite energies: here, perhaps, belief and scepticism. A young woman joins a theatrical troupe and believes the director is in danger from a secret group. Gerard Lenz. reading aloud from Shakespeare's The Tempest, La Haine review – effervescent classic radiates with rage and comedy, Director Elisabeth Vogler’s ‘Paris Is Us’ Can’t Make Up Its Mind [Review], All These Stories We Simply Can't Understand. Young unhinged female ex-con with a motorcycle helps a sickly young homeless woman in red discover what the map of Paris she took from her gangster boyfriend leads to. Giani Esposito. Paris Belongs to Us (1961) 12 12/13/1961 (FR) Drama, Mystery, Thriller 2h 21m User Score. Juliette and Liliane are inseparable best friends, ... See full summary », Anne Goupil is a literature student in Paris in 1957. This is because, in a broad sense, it pertains to very real historical and political problems, with the film effectively tapping into the understandable depression felt by the intellectual Left in the 1950s in the face of right-wing economic and social agendas that were being quietly re-cemented. as Anne Goupil. Her elder brother, Pierre, takes her to a friend's party where the guests include Philip Kaufman, an expatriate American escaping McCarthyism, and Gerard Lenz, a theatre director who arrives with the mysterious woman Terry. Rivette captures, in a unique way, the material “there-ness” of urban space and the social real it engenders, the doggedly modern and secular nature of its multiple interior and exterior locations, and yet, at the same time, also how such space produces its own distinct metaphysics – the “uncanny” nature of the semi-deserted metropolis, and the way images of Anne crossing streets appear both realistic (through convincing location shooting) and yet abstracted due in part to a post-synchronised soundtrack comprised of over-amplified footsteps and Phillipe Arthuys’ noteworthy modernist score. (This malaise is perhaps at its clearest, and most humorous, in the party sequences, amongst the most depressing of any French film I have seen.). Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable. The film we’re watching is the end result of a very similar process. Just as the conspiracy, or at least the political paranoia, seems both viable and mad, the film’s rendering of the physical space of the city is both convincingly “real” and abstracted to the point of appearing oneiric. Cast & Crew. The Queen of the Night battles the Queen of the Sun over a magical diamond that will allow the winner to remain on Earth, specifically in modern day Paris. movie theaters are playing Paris Belongs to Us near you. This was despite the fact that Rivette was the first of the Cahiers gang to start shooting a feature film, in 1957 (though one can argue that the non-Cahiers aligned Agnès Varda actually made the first nouvelle vague film, La Pointe Courte, in 1954). Production Design by: Robert Lachenay A young woman joins a theatrical troupe and believes the director is in danger from a secret group.
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