Céline et Julie Vont en Bateau (1974)

Céline et Julie Vont en Bateau (1974, FRA) C-193m. ** D: Jacques Rivette. Starring Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier, Marie-France Pisier, Barbet Schroeder. Art film experiment loosely follows a plot line: Two young women, a librarian and a magician, meet and join forces in finding out the mystery behind a strange place, whose inhabitants behave the same way every day. By means of a drug the girls can enter their world and perhaps change it. Sounds much more interesting than it plays, this overlong experiment has no stylistic appeal and becomes much more pretentious than it can take. A curio, some critics loved this film; judge for yourself. Obvious similarities to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland stories exist. Produced by Barbet Schroeder. English titles: CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING, and PHANTOM LADIES OVER PARIS.


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