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LOVE ON THE GROUND

France, 1984 (MIFF 1986)

Director: Jacques Rivette

LOVE ON THE GROUND (L'AMOUR PAR TERRE) is probably the most important film Rivette has made since L'AMOUR FOU. the first film in which his opposition to conventional narrative was clearly expressed.

LOVE ON THE GROUND continues the director's interest in the borderline between fantasy and reality, performance and life. In the film, two foreign actresses in Paris attract the attention of playwright Clement Roquemaure. Clement asks these two women to appear in his, as yet unfinished, play, which will be performed in his apartment the following week. The performance is compounded when the women move into the apartment during the week of the rehearsal.

The plot reflects the actors' experience of working with Rivette. during which they would get the script for individual scenes the day before filming, at best, and occasionally only five minutes before shooting.

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