Other Titles • Histoire de Marie et Julien • The Story of Marie and Julien
Synopses for Histoire de Marie et Julien (2003)
Julien (Jerzy Radwilowicz) is a man who repairs clocks and is in the process of blackmailing a woman known only as Madame X (Anne Brochet). Julien is in love with Marie (Emmanuelle Beart), who he once met at a party and has dreamt of ever since. When they bump into each other in the street, Marie is keen to renew their acquaintance and soon moves into Julien's rambling old house. It soon becomes apparent that there's something strange about Marie. Madame X helps Julien realize that he has to uncover Marie's secret - and by doing so face losing her.
Acclaimed French director Jacques Rivette (GANG OF FOUR) helms this offbeat look at love and relationships. Marie (Emmanuelle Béart) is the object of affection for clock repair man Julien (Jerzy Radziwilowicz), who bides his time between his business, romancing Marie, and blackmailing the mysterious Madame X (Anne Brochet). Rivette unravels some sensual scenes between the two lovers, with Marie quickly moving in with Julien as their relationship flourishes. But problems are afoot, as Julien starts to notice something distinctly strange about his new love, and fears she is harboring a terrible secret. To prise the truth out of her, he turns to Madame X for help, who seems to be the only person who can help him with his quandary. A moving finale to Rivette's film subsequently unravels, leaving a haunting and indelible mark as the action builds to an unforgettable climax.
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