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284 Ratings

Staying Vertical

Rester vertical

Directed by Alain Guiraudie
France, 2016
Drama, Comedy, LGBT+


Filmmaker Leo is searching for the wolf in the south of France. During a scouting excursion he is seduced by Marie, a free-spirited and dynamic shepherdess. Nine months later she gives birth to their child…

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Staying Vertical Directed by Alain Guiraudie
It’s clear that Guiraudie is fascinated by erotic desire and its attending anxieties (settling down, raising children), feelings we tend to experience strongly in dreams. Staying Vertical suggests that these feelings are strong enough to make people change their lives on a whim or turn strangers into intimates—it’s like a surrealist variation on the shape-shifting dramas by another renowned French director, André Téchiné (Hotel des Ameriques, My Favorite Season, Changing Times).
April 19, 2017
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What’s mesmerizing about Guiraudie’s latest film is the way that its narrative drifts with a logic that’s entirely unpredictable and yet, in its own way, seems absolutely coherent, even somehow inevitable. That’s why the casting of Bonnard as Léo is so inspired—he’s such an ordinary-looking guy, slightly disheveled, permanently bemused-looking, as if he’s always a couple of pages behind in the script, yet undeniably compelling in his glum but tenacious vulnerability.
January 26, 2017
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On its face, it is pure surrealism; like many of Guiraudie’s films it is comprised of disparate pieces that do not obviously cohere into a logical cinematic statement. However, taken as stanzas in a book-length cine-poem, connections emerge, themes assert themselves, and if we forget about the usual rulebook and just go with it, it isn’t too difficult to get on Guiraudie’s wavelength.
January 24, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Staying Vertical

    A very clever, at times frank and always slightly bent look at masculinity that feels just a little bit in the Bruno Dumont camp of absurdist comedy. The birthing scene has to be one of the most visceral on screen for some time. I adored the wolf/male metaphor and the way Guiraudie finished the film poetically. 3.5 stars

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Staying Vertical

    Guiraudie's sexual tension and unpredictability are still very present in a film where conventions and expectations are thrown out the window. This is an immersive experience that feels kinda weird for most of the time but crawls into your mind: scenes like the baby's birth, the deathbed sex and the medicinal (?) tree/plant still resonate long after the film ends.

  • Daniel Roque's rating of the film Staying Vertical

    This is messed up. Really messed up. But somehow it works, and the most unsettling moments are the ones that made you starve for more. Perhaps not Guiraudie's most memorable movie, but I will not forget the birth scene anytime soon.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Staying Vertical

    3,5. Digital. Verticality is something that never lacked to Guiraudie's permanence in his identitary system of fictions who corrode and undermine the possibility of a socio-realistic portrait through several heterodox variations, constantly finding in them a very clear and generous space for the social and narrative margins - economic, sexual, figurative. It's his imponderable "vieux rêve" that still moves.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Staying Vertical

    Cannes 2016 Official Selection. 4th film viewed. Un type banal se cherche entre tendances gay, désir de bébé & envie de retour à la nature. Film hésitant, rasoir & inutilement exhibitioniste. Très beau final. === An average guy floats between gay tendencies, desire for a baby & return to nature. The end justifies the means in this hesitant & boring movie. Superb ending but too much useless exhibitions. 2.5 / 5.

  • Jason's rating of the film Staying Vertical

    After the uncanny rueful classicism of STRANGER BY THE LAKE, Guiraudie uses STAYING VERTICAL as a vehicle to reconnect w/ his earlier passion for the runaway possibilities inherent to setting stories in motion and pursuing them hither and yon (though retaining from LAKE a propensity for graphic and provocative images). Were there ground rules? Who knows! Its Kafkaesque labyrinth is entirely spiritual. Gleefully gone.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Staying Vertical

    Weird in the best sense. The characters, the plot, the scenery, everthing in Rester Vertical is assymetrically beautiful and unsetling. It feels like a Stephen King novel, but instead of horror you get some pretty casual mindfuckness. Though I think it is a pretty clever film about filmmaking, if you took the literal script storyline out of the equation it might have felt a bit more powerful.

  • Jérémy Poirier's rating of the film Staying Vertical

    A confusing and allegorical comedic drama about confusion, alienation, creativity, desires and the fear of commitment. There are so many weird and unexpected things that happens in this film. It all actually oddly make sense in this film. Especially in the second half; where the film really got better for me. I think it might just be an ode to screenwriting itself. A film that surely deserves some analysis.

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