Following a whirlwind romance, barge captain Jean marries capricious country girl, Juliette. They board the L’Atalante to embark on their new life together. One night, Juliette unknowingly steals away to Paris leaving a trail of questions.
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Here I stand, brash obelisk of callousness, my hardened elephantine feet failed to divine butterfly wings below the stomp, my spongy orthopedic shock absorbers indifferent to gravel or chenille.. If the true voyage of discovery doesn't consist in finding novel places, but in developing new eyes, I've gone 1 place too many, I've seen a film de trop. Indeed I'm hominid not human, why else didn't Atalante blow me apart?
A melodic, groundbreaking film. The wide shots of the city and architecture could be photos from the 1930s, and the working class story is buttressed by the use of natural light and on-location shooting.
I'm what you would call a cold hearted bastard. This film makes that heart of mine thaw out into an eruption of passion and love. There is genuinely nothing else like it, unfortunately because of Vigo's health. I don't think Truffaut himself has ever reached this level of poetic realism. There's so much to rave about: The Michel Simon character, the dreamlike editing, the beautiful score, the dream scenes, etc., etc.
i have watched this film countless times and each time i see the magic are still there, never fade away. I will just echo what Kaurismaki has said about L'Atalante: "That is the sort of cinema that is quite close to painting. I don't know how the hell they made it in the late 1920s, but scenes like those come as close to poetry as anything else in art."