|CéIine and Julie Go Boating (Blu-ray)
Directed by Jacques Rivette
CéIine (Juliet Berto), a magician, and Julie (Dominique Labourier), a Iibrarian, meet in Montmartre and wind up sharing the same fIat, bed, fiancé, clothes, 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 commerciaI hit, is an exhilarating examination of the themes of theatricality, paranoia and la vie Parisienne, aIl wrapped up in an extended and entrancing exploration of the nature of fiImmaking (and film-watching).