In both films, death both threatens to throw a society into disarray and serves as a possible corrective for corruption.
Neither La Religieuse nor its main character is ultimately able to see a way out of alienated individualism.
Cohen Media Group bestows a gorgeous transfer to this epic ode to the creative process, highlighting its subtle but profound formal rigor.
The films in The Jacques Rivette Collection have been given satisfying transfers and some eye-opening supplements.
One of the best films of the French New Wave, so it’s a shame that Criterion’s Blu-ray offers a flawed A/V presentation and thin supplements.
Out 1 is largely a film of conversation, as its prolonged rehearsal vignettes regularly give way to even lengthier scenes of verbal self-analysis.
Criminally unavailable until now, Jacques Rivette’s gleefully distracted tour of Paris marks an early Blu-ray highlight for 2015.
The Nun is a timeless story about a girl who’s sent against her will to a convent as a tenuous, quick fix to her precarious place in life.
The film’s peregrinating first half-hour establishes the odd, nearly incestuous, and unspoken relationship between the two titular women.