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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A distant, male-fixated relative of '3 Women', without the consistency of tone. Things fall apart after 20 minutes, realism randomly criss-crossed by sophomoric dream logic and symbolism. A feeble attempt at self-reflexivity (mentions of an undeveloped film script – how clever) and the obligatory "shocker" sex fail to bring it all together.
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.