A distant, male-fixated relative of '3 Women', without the consistency of tone. Things fall apart after 20 minutes, apparent realism 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.
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.
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.
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.
Without any kind of taboo, Alain Guiraudie explores the limits of social conventions, sexual tensions (without regard to gender or preferences). This film finish any usual relations between different people and societies perspective of them. It continues the sensorial and a bit bizarre experience included in his previous film 'Stranger by the Lake'.