Jacques Rivette delivers a film noir tinged with fantasy sublimated by his actresses
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Viva and Leni, daughters of the Sun and the Moon, both covet a magic stone that would allow them to stay on Earth, thereby losing their immortality. For this, they will face each other in Paris, involving several humans in their fight: Lucie, receptionist in a hotel, her brother Pierre, acrobat, and Elsa/Jeanne, ticket-girl in a dance hall...
With its aesthetics taking up the codes of film noir and its plot made up of false leads and unresolved enigmas, Duelle (about forty) is a totally atypical work where the real mixes with the imaginary, where the fantastic always takes human form. . Jacques Rivette offers his quartet of actresses (Juliet Berto, Bulle Ogier, Hermine Karagheuz and Nicole Garcia) formidable characters of mysterious women, filmed between shadow and light, evoking the work of a future great filmmaker, the American David Lynch.
. JACQUES RIVETTE ON THE CYCLE "SCENES FROM PARALLEL LIFE" – FIRST PART (23 mins) In this interview, conducted by Karlheinz Oplustil on May 4, 1990 in Paris, Jacques Rivette talks about his project for a tetralogy “Scenes of parallel life”, of which only Duelle and Noroît were made.
. MEMORIES OF "DUELLE": BULLE OGIER AND HERMINE KARAGHEUZ (11 mins) Filmed in 2015 in Paris, the two actresses talk about their collaboration with Jacques Rivette on Duelle.