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Director  Jacques Rivette
Country  France
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Language  French
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Writer  Pascal Bonitzer, Marilu Parolini, Suzanne Schiffman
Release date  France 17 October 1984
Screenplay  Jacques Rivette, Pascal Bonitzer, Suzanne Schiffman, Marilu Parolini
Story by  Pascal Bonitzer, Marilu Parolini
Cast  Jane Birkin (Emily), Geraldine Chaplin (Charlotte), André Dussollier (Paul), Isabelle Linnartz (Béatrice)
Similar movies  Directed by Jacques Rivette, Jane Birkin movies, Set in Paris

Two actresses fall prey to the supernatural manipulations of a nightclub magician.


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Love on the Ground (French: ) is a 1984 French film directed by Jacques Rivette. The film stars Jane Birkin, Geraldine Chaplin, Andre Dussollier and Jean-Pierre Kalfon. It was released in France on 17 October 1984.

Two actresses fall prey to the supernatural manipulations of a nightclub magician.


Love on the Ground movie scenes

A young man in Paris collects group of people to come and witness a comic theatre performance in a small apartment. The performance sees Silvano (Bo) hiding two women Charlotte (Chaplin) and Emily (Birkin) from each other, despite the lived-in appearance and small size of the apartment. In the audience is the play’s author, Clement Roquemaure (Kalfon) who decides to use the same cast for rehearsals of his new play that weekend at his empty mansion. After arriving at the mansion, Charlotte and Emily are afflicted by disturbing visions, as a consequence of the presence of the resident magician, Paul. As the rehearsal progresses, the two actresses continue to have visions, including those of a romantic calamity that took place at the mansion. This is a calamity that the weekend gathering seem on the verge of repeating.


  • Geraldine Chaplin as Charlotte
  • Jane Birkin as Emily
  • Andre Dussollier as Paul
  • Jean-Pierre Kalfon as Clement Roquemaure
  • Isabelle Linnartz as Beatrice
  • Sandra Montaigu as Eleonore
  • Laszlo Szabo
  • Facundo Bo as Silvano
  • Reception

    Janet Maslin of The New York Times noted that the screenplay "wittily affords the director a great many opportunities for a brand of gamesmanship that enlivens the film without trivializing it. Mr. Rivette is able to sustain a complex, shifting relationship between the real and the theatrical without losing the films overriding sense of fun." Maslin continued her analysis; "The process by which Clements theatrical work is molded to fit reality, and vice versa, is rendered in a clever, entertaining style that fits perfectly with the behavior of the participants, since Mr. Rivette displays a cool ingenuity that matches that of the performers. Even when it becomes entangled in the romances that take shape during the course of the week, the film sustains its trickiness and sophistication." Maslin also praised the casting; "Miss Birkin and Miss Chaplin make an invigorating team, and the combination of their offbeat styles is full of surprises."


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