Ralph Breaks the Internet
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All Critics (21)
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| Fresh (15)
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Rivette is 82 now, and his best work may be behind him.
Sometimes a film is simply a story we might have found interesting to live.
An elaborate trifle that can be either beguiling or baffling depending on your point of view.
Marvelous to contemplate and changing slightly every time you see it.
The cast is first-rate, as is the cinematography by Irina Lubtchansky. But the story, co-written by Rivette, is paper-thin and stagy.
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.
Strange and buoyant. The way Jane Birkin pauses in a sunny graveyard demonstrates Jacques Rivette's interest in stopping his performers short at moments of reflection.
... if slow-paced cinema, beautiful scenes, few explanations and plenty of existentialism is not your thing, it's better to go out to dinner. [Full review in Spanish]
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
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.
Was too slight and wasn't entertaining enough for me to go gaga over it.
Though small in scope and running-time...deals in substantial human issues, and does so with grace and an odd charm.
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.
Awkwardly stagy, frustratingly talky French drama about a chance encounter at a traveling circus. Often very tedious, but the final shot is a knock out.
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