Director: Jacques Rivette
Starring: Juliet Berto, Bulle Ogier, Jean Babilee, Nicole Garcia
Duration: 121 min.
The strange battle among a pair of beings from the sphere of the sun or moon, who take the form of women and fight over a young man in bars, hotels, and mystical power-spots.
Duelle (une quarantaine) is a film directed by Jacques Rivette. The first in what was intended to be a series of four films titled Scenes de la vie parallèle, telling of goddesses who battle one another for immortality. Each one was to be a different genre, a fantasy, an adventure, a musical, and a love story.
Duelle is the fantasy film, and is a rather mysterious work reminiscent of a film noir, and its sort of what you'd imagine would happen in David Lynch directed the Highlander. It is heavy on mood, and light on dialogue verging on being almost silent at times. Relying on the stylish atmosphere to tell the story.
Interestingly, all the piano music in this film was improvised live on set by Jean Wiener, sometimes directly in the scene and other times just playing along with the action.