Watch the full film on the
Welcome to Fandor. Watch thousands of award-winning films online. ×

Out 11971

Noli me tangere

  • 4.3
  • passes the bechdel test
In Paris, April 13th 1970, two theater groups each rehearse avant-garde adaptations of plays by Aeschylus. A young deaf-mute begs for change in cafes while playing the harmonica. A young woman seduces men in order to rob them. As a conspiracy develops, the protagonist's stories start to intertwine... Jacques Rivette (co-founder of the French New Wave along with Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Eric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol) has always been that group's most free-spirited and aesthetically radical member. This is very much on display in OUT 1, his fourth feature film and magnum opus, in which a whimsical young man receives anonymous notes that put him on the trail of a mysterious group of people who might or might not be conspirators. Based on an utterly unique concept that includes the absence of a script and nods to Honore de Balzac and Lewis Carroll, OUT 1 has been practically impossible to see for more than forty years.

Copy embed code

×

Distributor

34078.small

What makes this film worth watching? See All Reviews

5 members like this review

Almost made me want to start smoking again! It hit me as funny or at least jovial or ironic. The editing was off the charts with long held shots of Paris traffic and people on the street mixed with urchins and funky rooms.I loved the Frederique character and all the characters for that matter. Being a long time student of improvisation I thought those portions fit seamlessly with the goings on which were a little "Out there"to say the least! This 12 hour classic was never boring to me and in fact I hated to see it end!

Picture?width=100&height=100
top reviewer

Member Reviews (6)

Picture?width=100&height=100
top reviewer

Almost made me want to start smoking again! It hit me as funny or at least jovial or ironic. The editing was off the charts with long held shots of Paris traffic and people on the street mixed with urchins and funky rooms.I loved the Frederique character and all the characters for that matter. Being a long time student of improvisation I thought those portions fit seamlessly with the goings on which were a little "Out there"to say the least! This 12 hour classic was never boring to me and in fact I hated to see it end!

5 members like this review
127953.small
top reviewer

Yoga and cigarettes. Antoine Doinel is still obsessed with Balzac, but this time, instead of starting a fire, he infiltrates a secret society of chain-smoking thespians. Like my own life, this is full of offbeat histrionics and mystery. And Rivette did the backwards-talking thing 21 years before David Lynch.

1 member likes this review
117475.small
top reviewer

totally wonderful & bizarre_where am i who are these people what's going on_i love all of the improv stuff i used to do that in dance_great being there_so some pieces don't really fit or seem like dead ends_ but hey it's a mystery train a crew a cult a group of secret entities_shhh_don't say a word_you didn't see me

243496.small
top reviewer

I have been reading and hearing about this film since the early 1990's. I was so excited to finally have the opportunity to finally see it. I was very disappointed.

There is magic to be found here. But Jacques Rivette's experimental film presents far too many challenges to actually enjoy them. Structured into episodes, it takes well over five hours before any sort of shape begins to form. And even when it does begin to take a turn toward something, OUT 1 tends to hint at more than it delivers.

I might have had a better chance with the edited version, but I doubt it. Proceed with caution.

Saw this at the Berkeley PFA in 2007, over the course of two days. Remember agreeing with my friend at some point during the intermission that in the theater was the only way to commit to watching something that long. Now that seems pretty naive given how steamrolling through long programs of "content" is a regular weekend past-time for a lot of people, myself included.

Some of the improvisational scenes are arguably a little much in my recollection, but the movie—particularly bits around Leaud—is worthwhile for anyone who has an adventurous (or masochistic) approach to film. Watching it all at once may be borderline hallucinatory. Expect some confusion; Balzac is the stated literary reference but watching Out 1 feels a bit like reading 'The Crying of Lot 49' or 'Gravity's Rainbow.'

I remember the overall arc being something like:

Hours 1-3: Jean-Pierre Leaud pretends to be deaf and scams people. Improvisational acting rehearsals begin.

Hours 4-6: Jean-Pierre Leaud reads a book, says 'équipage' over and over while being followed by kids. Rehearsals continue.

Hours 7-9: Jean-Pierre Leaud meets with Eric Rohmer, who tells him he's an idiot. Rehearsals continue.

Hours 10-12 1/2: Rehearsals end. Michael Lonsdale walks on a beach.

At some point I think someone dies.

Maybe some day I'll watch it again and see how wrong my memory is.

where is the film then