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Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017)

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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.

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Cast

Raphaël Thiéry
as Jean-Louis
Laure Calamy
as Docteur Mirande
Esther Raphael
as Jean-Louis
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Critic Reviews for Staying Vertical (Rester vertical)

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (12)

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.

April 20, 2017 | Full Review…

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…

"Being Vertical" ... has a rough gravity that holds your attention and sticks in your mind.

January 19, 2017 | Full Review…

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…

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…

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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