J. Hoberman, "In Rivette’s ‘Out 1: Noli Me Tangere,’ Paris Is a Stage," The NY Times (March 10, 2016) :
Like “Paris Belongs to Us,” “Out 1” is a movie of interlocking plots, theatrical rehearsals and shadowy conspiracies, with a premise borrowed from Balzac’s “History of the Thirteen,” three novellas concerned with the doings of a secret society. Mr. Rivette once called “Paris Belongs to Us” a response to the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary. “Out 1” may be even more political, a manifestation of the utopian French left’s confusion two years after the student protests of May 1968.
Slow to cast its spell, “Out 1” begins as an endurance test. The first two episodes are devoted mainly to lengthy rehearsals. The narrative begins to emerge toward the end of the third episode, which introduces the idea of a secret society along with the subtly spacey Bulle Ogier’s bookstore cum head shop, a bit of Haight-Ashbury in what looks like an ungentrified alley in the Marais. By the fifth episode, apparent chaos has coalesced in what a character played by Jean-Pierre Léaud calls a “magical, mystical world.”