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Staying Vertical takes a number of risks in its unorthodox approach to an unusual story -- and justifies many of them with an unpredictable and ultimately satisfying experience.
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The strange action plays out with a dreamlike lucidity reminiscent of late Luis Buñuel... It's also dreamlike in its handling of time; the film takes place over a few years but feels as if it transpires over a few days.
The movie's irreverence is in certain respects commendable, but its po-faced attempts at cinematic philosophizing are transparently stilted.
"Being Vertical" ... has a rough gravity that holds your attention and sticks in your mind.
Staying Vertical propels us on a careening ride from eros to thanatos, the creative/destructive urges that lurk beneath a slim veneer of civilization.
The sort of movie that is often described as "not knowing what kind of film it wants to be" - a dismissal that, in this case, should instead be considered high praise.
As always with Guiraudie's films, Staying Vertical shrewdly (and often hilariously) captures both the seriousness and the absurdity of sex ...
It's also a film about desire and frustration -- there are sexual relationships between the four main characters in varying permutations that ebb and flow throughout the film.
Guiraudie's attempts to complicate the cliché by steeping his surrealist content through a realist lens are not quite as adventurous as it seems.
The largely aimless countryside jaunt that is Staying Vertical is saved from the scrapheap purely because of its intoxicating absurdism.
Confounding and enchanting.
Oddball experimental dreamy film that offers some comical and serious observations over sex and life and wolves.
Staying Vertical is a pun that might work in French but in English translates as "audience indifference." That's too bad, because this wild, original film deserves to be seen.
I like Guiraudie's usual detached style and oddball approach, but while I find this film generally interesting and enjoyable, it is hard to shake the feeling that it doesn't have that much to say or even focus when telling this passable character study about a confused writer.
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