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36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (Around a Small Mountain) (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 3/5
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Jacques Rivette co-wrote and directed this intimate story of familial bonds and the life of the artist. Kate (Jane Birkin) was raised on the road, touring with the small circus run by her father, but after a disagreement she left her dad to run the show on his own. Fifteen years later, Kate gets word that her father has died, and his partners in the circus ask her to come back to help keep the show running. To the surprise of many, Kate agrees, taking care of the box office and looking after the

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (5)

Rivette is 82 now, and his best work may be behind him.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Sometimes a film is simply a story we might have found interesting to live.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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An elaborate trifle that can be either beguiling or baffling depending on your point of view.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Marvelous to contemplate and changing slightly every time you see it.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The cast is first-rate, as is the cinematography by Irina Lubtchansky. But the story, co-written by Rivette, is paper-thin and stagy.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Never is the material excited into the kind of playful uncertainty that Rivette all but trademarked; the inertness of the performances robs the movie of spirit.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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elegant, simple structure ( ... ) Rivette provides a male lead, finally, to rival his decades of devotion to actresses from Juliet Berto and Jane Birkin to Geraldine Chaplin and Bulle Ogier

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

It has most of Rivette's usual touches, and it's charming, but it just seems to go by too fast without settling on anything.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Was too slight and wasn't entertaining enough for me to go gaga over it.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Though small in scope and running-time...deals in substantial human issues, and does so with grace and an odd charm.

November 15, 2010 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

...a visual treat though not emotionally satisfying.

July 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

It's charming and has most of Rivette's usual touches, but it feels like a minor film.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Circus drama from famed helmer is more curio than classic.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Jacques Rivette indulges his love of theater with this offbeat, low key love story punctuated by acts from aerialists, tumblers and tightrope walkers.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The film shares a lot of qualities with the director's best work.

July 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (Around a Small Mountain)

Even with a relatively brief running time, Jacques Rivette is in no hurry with the deliberate pacing in his latest film, "Around a Small Mountain," as if he is unwilling to say farewell to the dying artform of the traveling circus, this one being sparsely attended. In fact, mortality hangs over the movie, not only with the circus' death defying acts but also in its signature Entrance that the movie keeps returning to. Another way of looking at the circus is like something out of the past like Vittorio's(Sergio Castellitto, also one of the screenwriters) gentlemanly behavior towards Kate(Jane Birkin) in coming to her rescue when she breaks down on the side of the road on the way to return to the circus for the first time in fifteen years.
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