Out 1

Out 1 ★★½

Out 1: Noli Me Tangere is undoubtedly a revolutionary and extreme experiment in filmmaking, but it’s additionally one which puts tolerance on trial. It admirably contains fascinating characters orbiting unhinged conspiracies but makes no sincere concessions in attempting to solidify their interrelatedness. It furthermore demolishes any notions about proficiency in storytelling with its almost thirteen-hour runtime, but fails to warrant it beyond simply exerting itself as an additional device within its armoury, and as a result is quite exasperating.

So while it’s easy to admire the extraordinary ambivalence at its centre, together with its occasionally sharp sense of humour which unquestionably filters through, it feels too self satisfied in delivering a great number of deliberate incoherencies while it tumbles around in its elongated unconventional narrative. And as the state of uncertainties that it dabbles in seemingly possessing no distinctly determined result over its overindulgent runtime, French filmmaker Jacques Rivette’s Out 1: Noli Me Tangere is a real test of patience and endurance.