Out of time
The unconsoled in Rivette’s late works
in Jacques Rivette
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Since his return to public prominence with Va savoir in 2001, Rivette has approached filmmaking with renewed vigour. This chapter seeks to identify points of convergence between these two very different films and will ask whether it is possible to find, in Rivette's work, the traces of what Edward Said (2006) has referred to as a 'late style'. Histoire de Marie et Julien is a fantastical tale about a woman who returns from the dead to be with a lover. A lover's ultimatum missed because of an innocent misunderstanding over the time; a potentially beautiful relationship that thereby ends in tragedy: the dramatic climax of Ne touchez pas la hache is, in its way, uncannily similar to Paris nous appartient . Rivette's latest films are not, in the end, so different in subject, style, or tone from his earlier work.

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