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LE PONT DU NORD is an entrancing puzzle film with the city of Paris as a continually shifting game board. It is one of director Jacques Rivette's most mysterious and haunting works, a dark companion piece to CELINE and JULIE GO BOATING. Marie has just been released from prison, and encounters the paranoid loner Baptiste. They follow Marie's ex-lover Julien and his talismanic briefcase as Paris begins to open up to them as a series of enigmatic clues. The city is a labyrinth of possibilities but no certainties, a place of fantastical fables (here be dragons) and the brute realities of the street. Shot on luminous 16mm at exclusively outdoor locations by the great cinematographers William Lubtchansky and Caroline Champetier, LE PONT DU NORD is surreal, gorgeous and heartbreaking, and is surely one of Rivette's greatest works.

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