Noroît

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Noroît

Jacques Rivette
F, 1976
145min, OmeU

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Noroît

Jacques Rivette
F, 1976
, 145min, OmeU

Cast: 
Bernadette Lafont
Giulia
Geraldine Chaplin
Morag
Kika Markham
Erika
Babette Lamy
Régine
Humbert Balsan
Jacob
Elisabeth Medveczky
Elisa
Danièle Rosencranz
Célia
Screenplay: 
Eduardo de Gregorio
Marilù Parolini
Jacques Rivette based on the play «The Revenger’s Tragedy» by Cyril Tourneur
Sound: 
Pierre Gamet
Camera: 
William Lubtchansky
Editor: 
Nicole Lubtchansky
Composer: 
Jean Cohen-Solal
Robert Cohen-Solal
Daniel Ponsard
Decoration: 
Eric Simon
Costume: 
Renée Renard

Production: 
Sunchild Productions
Les Productions Jacques Roitfeld
Format: 
DCP
Color

The strangest by far of Rivette’s films (1976), and perhaps the last gasp of the modernist strain that infused his work from L’AMOUR FOU to OUT 1 to CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING, this is a violent and unsettling fusion of a female pirate adventure (inspired in part by Lang’s MOONFLEET, but set in no particular place or period), mythological fantasy, Jacobean tragedy (with many lines borrowed from Tourneur’s “Revenger’s Tragedy”), experimental dance film (with live improvised music from a talented trio of musicians), and personal psychodrama. The eclectic cast includes Geraldine Chaplin, Bernadette Lafont, and a few members of Carolyn Carlson’s dance company. While the mise-en-scène and locations are often stunning, the film seems contrived to confound conventional emotional reactions of any sort. It’s a movie where the casual slitting of someone’s throat and the swishing sounds of Lafont’s leather pants are made to seem equally relevant - a world apart from Rivette’s more recent LA BELLE NOISEUSE. Yet Rivette’s feeling for duration, immediacy, and moods of menace are fully present here, and days or weeks after you see this chilling conundrum of a movie, sounds and images may come back to haunt you. (Jonathan Rosenbaum)