Le Pont du Nord ★★★½

Bring it on, Babylon!

A loosely stung existential thriller that feels appropriately surreal as it tackles the otherworldly themes of death and fate and madness, but which at times feels totally at odds with itself. Rivette’s instinct seems to be to dive straight into dreamscapes, and that serves him well as his film trails along behind Baptiste’s rambling, erratic swath of destruction. Yet Rivette seems beholden to narrative tension and plot as he tries to guide Marie through the ever-shifting Parisian landscape on an ultimately pointless and destructive quest, and this debt to story gets in the way of the very best elements of Le Pont du Nord: those quiet, intimate moments between two lost and lonely souls.