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.

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Critic Reviews for L'Atalante

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (9)

"L'Atalante" is about how the world, in its wonder and cruelty, is both for and against lovers, often dizzyingly so.

Oct 4, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Jul 24, 2007 | Full Review…

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

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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A landmark of French cinema and one of the most beloved film romances.

Apr 13, 2006 | Rating: 4/4

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.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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

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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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a sensuous, poetic love story with exceptional cinematograpy and use of music. shot on location soon after the sound era began, seemingly years ahead of it's time, it became a big influence on the french new wave, especially truffaut. dita parlo is very sweet as the tempted wife and i especially loved michel simon as drunken père jules with his cats. this was jean vigo's fourth and last film; he died shortly after it's release at age 29, a great loss to the film world

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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