A stage work forms while a marriage collapses in perhaps the most remarkable of director Jacques Rivette’s many explorations of the intersection of life and art. During the rehearsals for the production of the tragedy Andromaque, the leading actress and her director, a couple behind
Paris, mid-90s, summer. Louise has just left the clinic having woken up from a five-year-long coma, and finds she inherits a house from her aunt as well a family plot involving her father.
Two goddesses, a pair of beings from the sphere of the sun or the moon and who take the form of women, engage in a strange battle in the bars, hotels, and mystical power-spots of Paris. They fight over the possession of a magical diamond that will allow them to remain on earth.
“Rivette’s film […] focuses not on women as sexual objects but as the desiring subjects of the narrative. The two female protagonists do not conform to a male fantasy, rather it is their own fantasies which dynamise and direct the film the inhabit.
“In de films van Rivette vormen ontmoetingen het hart. Het gaat om personages die in een chaotisch netwerk met elkaar verbonden zijn. Zijn films zijn als choreografieën van menselijke relaties. Toch is hij graag alleen wanneer hij niet aan het filmen is.