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Gang of Four

Jacques Rivette
La bande des quatre
France, Switzerland 1989 / 160’
The Bridge of the North The Beautiful Troublemaker

Anna, Cécile, Joyce, and Claude are taking part in the Constance Dumas dramatic arts course, which is exclusively for girls. All four of them share a home in the Parisian suburbs, where they have formed a small commune. One day, a mysterious man approaches each of them in turn, changing his name every time. Rivette continues to reflect on the interdependence of life and theater, while at the same time making a true coming-of-age story about young women torn between their professional obligations and emotional lives. The film launched the careers of four young actresses who would go on to leave their mark on cinema of the time: Laurence Côte, Fejria Deliba, Nathalie Richard, and Ines de Medeiros.

Ariel Schweitzer


Berlin IFF 1989 – FIPRESCI Prize, Honorable Mention

Jacques Rivette

(1928 - 2016) Despite being a key member of the Nouvelle Vague, Jacques Rivette has languished in the shadows of his more renowned colleagues: Godard, Rohmer, Chabrol and Truffaut. Rivette's work is certainly demanding, but along with Godard, Rivette turns out to have been the most playful and innovative of a group who literally changed the face of filmmaking. Jacques Rivette was born in Rouen, France. In the fifties, he begin writing for the "Cahiers du Cinéma", which teamed him with Nouvelle Vague. In 1960 he directed his first feature film with Paris nous appartient (60). His filmography includes La ReligieuseL'Amour fouDuelleLa Bande des quatre and La Belle Noiseuse.

Selected filmography

1960 Paryż należy do nas / Paris nous appartient / Paris Belongs to Us

1966 Zakonnica / La Religieuse / The Nun

1968 Miłość szalona / L'Amour fou

1974 Celine i Julie płyną statkiem / Céline et Julie vont en bateau / Celine and Julie Go Boating

1976 Duelle / Twiligt

1988 Banda czterech / La Bande des quatre / Gang of Four

1991 Piękna złośnica / La Belle Noiseuse

1998 Ściśle tajne / Secret défense / Secret Defense

2001 Kto wie / Va savoir / Who Knows

2007 Ne touchez pas la hache / Don't Touch the Axe

Cast & Crew

director Jacques Rivette
screenplay Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, Jacques Rivette
cinematography Caroline Champetier
editing Catherine Quesemand
music Edwin Loehrer
cast Bulle Ogier, Benoît Régent, Fejria Deliba, Laurence Côte, Bernadette Giraud
producer Martine Marignac, Luciano Gloor
production Pierre Grise Productions, Limbo Films, Investimage, La Sept, Ministère de la Culture
sales Tamasa
language French
colouration colour