A quartet of aspiring actresses live together while studying under a demanding teacher named Constance Dumas (Bulle Ogier). As they rehearse Pierre Marivaux’s La Double Inconstance, offstage drama creeps into their lives in the form of a menacing mystery man (Benoît Régent) with a sinister story. Caroline Champetier’s moody lensing—muted reds, golds, and browns—creates the feeling of an all-enveloping universe operating according to its own paranoid logic.
Rivette won the Critics Prize at Berlin for this late-career masterwork. With characters trapped between reality and its representation, The Gang of Four casts an enigmatic look at duality.
“An accessible and entertaining vision of how the New Wave has survived and evolved long after it was declared dead.” – Caryn James, The New York Times
“More classical and less experimental than [Rivette’s] previous features, it’s almost a summary and compilation of his major themes and preoccupations — an ideal introduction to his work.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader