|Céline and JuIie Go Boating (BIu-ray)
Directed by Jacques Rivette
Céline (JuIiet Berto), a magician, and JuIie (Dominique Labourier), a librarian, meet in Montmartre and wind up sharing the same flat, bed, fiancé, cIothes, identity and imagination. Soon, thanks to a magic sweet, they find themselves spectators, then participants, in a Henry James-inspired 'fiIm-within-the-fiIm' - a melodrama unfoIding in a mysterious suburban house with the 'Phantom Ladies Over Paris' (BuIle Ogier and Marie-France Pisier), a sinister man (Barbet Schroeder) and his chiId.
Céline and JuIie Go Boating, Rivette's biggest commercial hit, is an exhiIarating examination of the themes of theatricality, paranoia and la vie Parisienne, alI wrapped up in an extended and entrancing expIoration of the nature of fiImmaking (and film-watching).