L'Atalante (1934)

L'Atalante (1934)



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The story of a naive young woman who marries a barge captain; who slips away from his boat for the opportunity to explore Paris on her own.
Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Romance
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Michel Simon
as Pere Jules
Dita Parlo
as Juliette
Jean Daste
as Jean
Louis Lefebvre
as Cabin Boy
Pierre Prevert
as Extras at Station
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Critic Reviews for L'Atalante

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8)

A major inspiration to subsequent generations of filmmakers, yet no one has ever succeeded in matching it.

Full Review… | July 24, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Originally released in 1934, Jean Vigo's first and only full-length feature is one of the cinema's greatest masterpieces.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A landmark of French cinema and one of the most beloved film romances.

April 13, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The action is episodic and diffuse but Michel Simon, as the dour and cat-loving barge hand lends a bit of comic relief to the pallidly poetic proceedings.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Rapt, exuberant and as fragile as mist, this passionate tone poem drifts in its own bubble of oddly dissonant, almost fatalistic romanticism.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

There is much playfulness and poetry, such visual riches.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for L'Atalante


A young barge skipper brings his new wife to live on board the ship L'atalante with him; confined to the boat, she grows bored, leading to domestic tragedy. Simple and charming, with comic relief and memorable, poetic shots; a minor classic, though fans of sentimental romances will consider it a must see title in the genre.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

Super cute early French film from Jean Vigo.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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I barely remember this movie, I didn't see the whole thing, I'll have to watch it again sometime.

Aj V
Aj V

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