36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (Around a Small Mountain) (2010)

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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 business. While traveling to the next show, Kate's car breaks down, but she gets a ride from Vittorio (Sergio Castellitto), a good-natured drifter. Vittorio sticks around to attend the show, and despite the shabby circumstances of the performance, he enjoys what he sees and becomes part of the company. But as Vittorio is integrated into the circus family and develops a relationship with Kate, it's still not clear why she and her father parted ways years before, and why she's come back now that he's gone. 36 Vues du Pic Saint-Loup (aka Around a Small Mountain) received its world premiere at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Box Office:
$31,005.00
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Cinema Guild

Cast

André Marcon
as Alexandre
Laurent Lacotte
as Monsieur Gaffe
Vimala Pons
as Barbara
Tintin Orsini
as Wilfrid
Stéphane Laisné
as Stéphane
Hélène de Bissy
as Inn Landlady
Pierre Barayre
as Inn Landlord
Elodie Mamou
as Élodie
Marie Vauzelle
as Madame Gaffe
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Critic Reviews for 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (Around a Small Mountain)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

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

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

Full Review… | August 25, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
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An elaborate trifle that can be either beguiling or baffling depending on your point of view.

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

July 9, 2010
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.

Full Review… | July 8, 2010
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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (Around a Small Mountain)

½

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Matthew Lucas
Matthew Lucas

Super Reviewer

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