L'Amour par terre

Chaplin and Birkin are actresses taken up by an enigmatic playwright (Kalfon) and installed in his fabulous suburban mansion in order to perform a play (whose last act is still unknown) for one of his house parties. With the agency of a magician and clairvoyant, melodrama gradually seeps into both life and the rehearsals of fiction; the affaires promoted between playwright, magician and actresses lead to premonitions, hallucination, jealousy and dark secrets, all of them threaded into a weird finale of reconciliation. As with Céline and Julie, the concern here is less with the contrast between fiction and reality, more with the invention of a magical realm from which reality is rigorously excluded: enchantment is discovered not from fairytale, but within life itself. Rivette creates a unique world and language, answerable finally only to himself. CPea.

Release details

Duration: 127 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jacques Rivette
Screenwriter: Pascal Bonitzer, Marilù Parolini, Jacques Rivette, Suzanne Schiffman
Cast: Geraldine Chaplin
Jane Birkin
André Dussollier
Jean-Pierre Kalfon
Laszlo Szabo
Facundo Bo
Sandra Montaigu
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