Rockins Film of The Week: Celine and Julie go boating
With the death of masterful new wave director Jaques Rivette earlier this year, we suggest you watch his film ‘Celine and Julie go boating‘. The film was produced in 1974, and is the tale of ‘A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives pre-empted by a strange boudoir melodrama that plays itself out in a hallucinatory parallel reality’.
DISTRIBUTOR: New Yorker Films
RUNTIME: 193 min
DIRECTOR: Jacques Rivette
SCREENWRITER: Jacques Rivette
CAST: Dominique Labourier,
‘Céline et Julie vont en bateau’ (Phantom Ladies Over Paris- English)
Still taken from the film.
The film details the magical adventures of Julie a conservative, sensible librarian and the flamboyant, bohemian, stage magician Celine. In the beginning we find Julie sat on a park bench reading a book of magic spells, when a woman (Celine) passes by, dropping various possessions in her wake. In this way, Celine is reminiscent of the white rabbit from Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and Julie is the Alice of the piece. This motif runs throughout the film as Celine ultimately, leads Julie through the looking glass and into a world of her imagination. Picking up the discarded items, Julie follows Celine through the parisian streets and their tale begins; one that will see them leave their fairly conventional lives by quitted their respective jobs and removing themselves from normative society. The films takes us to many strange places and scenarios, with tarot readings, identity swaps and a growing obsession with an old house. The film ends in the same way it began, however this time we see Celine on the bench, catching sight of Julie rushing past and dropping her book of spells, which in an attempt to return, Celine picks up and pursues her with.
The film is available for DVD purchase or is viewable online. Watch the trailer below.