Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes

Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017)



Critic Consensus: 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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Filmmaker Leo is searching for the wolf in the south of France. During a scouting excursion he is seduced by Marie, a free-spirited and dynamic shepherdess. Nine months later she gives birth to their child. Suffering from post-natal depression and with no faith in Leo, who comes and goes without warning, Marie abandons both of them. Leo finds himself alone, with a baby to care for. It's not easy, but deep down, he loves it. Through a series of unexpected and unusual encounters, struggling to find inspiration for his next film, Leo will do whatever it takes to stay standing.


Raphaël Thiéry
as Jean-Louis
Laure Calamy
as Docteur Mirande
Esther Raphael
as Jean-Louis
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The movie's irreverence is in certain respects commendable, but its po-faced attempts at cinematic philosophizing are transparently stilted.

January 21, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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"Being Vertical" ... has a rough gravity that holds your attention and sticks in your mind.

January 19, 2017 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Staying Vertical propels us on a careening ride from eros to thanatos, the creative/destructive urges that lurk beneath a slim veneer of civilization.

January 19, 2017 | Full Review…
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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.

January 19, 2017 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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As always with Guiraudie's films, Staying Vertical shrewdly (and often hilariously) captures both the seriousness and the absurdity of sex ...

January 18, 2017 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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An intriguing variant on the usual tale of writer's block.

October 27, 2016 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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