Jacques Rivette's delightfully bittersweet and highly entertaining comedy follows the romantic escapades of Camille (Jeanne Balibar), an actress who returns to Paris for the first time in three years to star in a play directed by her Italian lover, Ugo (Castellitto). But then she meets up with an old flame, Pierre (Bonnaffe), and sparks of attraction begin to fly between them once again. Meanwhile, Ugo flirts with a romantic dalliance of his own as he attempts to seek out a lost manuscript with the aid of bewitching young student Dominique (de Fougerolles). Rivette's deft interweaving of the characters' exploits is set against beautiful Parisian locations, which, together with sparkling performances, make for an engaging tale of enormous wit and charm.
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- Who Knows review by Alastair
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An aptly named film - after two and a half hours of waiting for something to happen, who knows what this film was about? Described as "an elegant and utterly charming comedy", I am left wondering when the comedy bit happened. Laugh? I wish I had.
A slow and desperately tedious film about the casually entangled lives of six people - two couples and a half-brother/sister - set around a tedious Italian play (in which the lead characters are both actors) this pretentious piece failed to offer elegance, charm or laughter. Just boredom. Two and a half hours of it. Two and a half hours of my life that I will never get back.
Surely one of the essential requisites of any good film must be that within the first fifteen minutes or so you are hooked - by the plot, the mystery, the characters, something. This film utterly fails to provide that engagement as the story slowly, apathetically meanders through the various sub-plots of old flames, possible new relationships, a long-lost manuscript an opportunist thief and this endless, meaningless, tedious play.
They should get out more. What am I saying? I watched it to the end - I should get out more!
If it's a turkey you're looking for, look no further. Or try Waitrose in December.