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Up, Down, Fragile

Jacques Rivette
Haut, bas, fragile
France, Switzerland 1995 / 169’
The Beautiful Troublemaker Secret Defence

The trials and tribulations of three young women in Paris in the summer of 1994: Nina, a carefree young thief; Louisa, who has just woken up after five years in a coma; and Ida, who is searching for her roots. Each one of them decides to change the course of her life in her own way. This is Rivette's first musical, which takes a seemingly lighter tone in dealing with one of the director's favorite themes: the emotional education of young women.

Ariel Schweitzer

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 Laurence Côte, Marianne Denicourt, Nathalie Richard, Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, Jacques Rivette
cinematography Christophe Pollock
editing Nicole Lubtchansky
music François Bréant
cast Marianne Denicourt, Nathalie Richard, Laurence Côte, André Marcon, Bruno Todeschini
producer Martine Marignac
production Pierre Grise Productions, Carac Films, George Reinhart Productions, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Canal+, Ministère de la Culture et de la Francophonie, Sacem, Mikado Film, TSI - Télévision Suisse
sales Tamasa
language French
colouration colour