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Le Pont du Nord (1981)

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Calgary, AB T2N 3P4

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An unhinged female ex-con with a motorcycle helps a sickly young homeless woman discover where a mysterious map of Paris leads to.

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Part of our Masters: Jacques Rivette series. Restoration courtesy of Arrow Films and the American Genre Film Archive.

Directed by Jacques Rivette | France | 127 mins

A tantalizing bit of copy from the press release accompanying the initial appearance of Jacques Rivette’s 1981 urban fantasia: “Could we say that Le Pont du Nord is the meeting between a character out of fiction—Bulle Ogier—and a character out of science-fiction—Pascale Ogier? The space odyssey of an ex-militant and a mutant?” Bulle and Pascal Ogier are/were mother and daughter in real life, and here they share the stage that is Paris in a film conceived as a children’s game, something like snakes and ladders, played exclusively in the open air, though far afield of the tourist sites. Marie (Bulle) is an ex-radical who has just been released following a lengthy prison sentence. Freshly landed in Paris, Marie, over the course of a compressed period of time, repeatedly runs into Baptiste (Pascale), a young leather-jacketed woman ever zooming about on her scooter. Are these repeated encounters mere coincidence? Baptiste doesn’t think so. “One time, that’s an accident. Two times, that’s chance. Three times, that’s destiny.” Baptiste quickly draws the claustrophobic Marie into a labyrinth of paranoid conjecture, involving a briefcase, cryptic clues, statues imputed to possess diabolic agency, and a map that may lead to the lion’s very den. The city of Paris is now a game-board though this is free-form play steeped in mounting dread. 

-Written by Jason Wierba

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