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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Critic Reviews for Staying Vertical (Rester vertical)
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.
Audience Reviews for Staying Vertical (Rester vertical)
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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