As a scriptwriter (mainly for Rivette and Bertolucci), de Gregorio repeatedly subverted narrative expectations, and here - his first feature as writer/director - he indulges in the perilous but pleasing game of developing the characters played by Ogier and Pisier in the film-within-the-film of Céline and Julie. An English novelist (Redgrave) is lured, with disconcerting and disorienting results, into purchasing a crumbling mansion by what he imagines are the deliberately 'literary' ploys of its housekeeper (Caron) and two mysterious, lurking women. Richly photographed, what starts as a slightly self-conscious exercise develops, after many deceptive twists, into an intriguing and gratifying sensual entertainment.
Cast and crew
|Director:||Eduardo de Gregorio|
|Screenwriter:||Eduardo de Gregorio, Michael Graham|