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Around a Small Mountain

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Frankreich, Italien, 2009

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French maestro Jacques Rivette directs Jane Birkin in this comedy-drama about a woman who returns to a small provincial circus.

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Around a Small Mountain Regie Jacques Rivette
As it is in Lola Montes, the circus in Around a Small Mountain is a place of memory and mourning. In surroundings of gaudy sham opulence, Ophuls’ ringmaster cries out: “Does the countess still remember the past? Remember the past? Remember the past?” In Rivette’s austere tent, Kate sits on a bench and talks to herself: "I couldn’t forget! I can’t remember! Antoine! Antoine!
March 08, 2011
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It is a movie obsessed with ritualising stale roles and flat-footed acts and bringing art to life – and vice-versa. Here the Other World is simply The Past, and the shabby invocation/MacGuffin to control it is not to recover and enter it, but shrug it off. The ritual – Kate having a newspaper torn in her hands by a chain-whip – is dryly symbolic, bookended by a series of puns on casser (‘to break’) as ties to present and past and logic are cut from the private world of fantasy.
January 01, 2011
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Rivette is known, if for nothing else, for making epically long features; this is his shortest, sidling along after the tragic secret that’s kept Kate away from performing for decades. It’s all slight enough to blow away, and rare enough to warrant seeing it before it does.
July 06, 2010
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