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(aka "Rester vertical" )

 

directed by Alain Guiraudie
France 2016

 

Director Alain Guiraudie's follow-up to his notorious hit STRANGER BY THE LAKE is shapeless and less compelling but not entirely without interest. Writer or writer/director, gay or bisexual, creatively-blocked or looking for inspiration, Leo (Damien Bonnard) first stops by the side of the road to proposition handsome young Yoan (Basile Meilleurat) who is gay but is either not attracted to Leo or put off by his "have you thought about being in the movies" pick-up line. This side trip leads to him strolling onto the land of shepherd Jean-Louis (Raphaël Thiéry) who runs the farm with his restless daughter Marie (India Hair) who has two children of her own. Perhaps more fascinated by their way of life than Marie herself, Leo ends up spending the night in her bed and returning to it after a trip back to Paris to beg for another advance for a script that does not exist. Marie gives birth to his child, and Leo seems content to live on the farm but she does not. When Marie moves with her two other children to an apartment building nearby, she leaves the baby with Leo, not wanting to live with the baby if Leo does not want to live with her. Uncomfortable living with Jean-Louis - who may or may not have homosexual longings for the younger man - Leo takes the child with him on a seemingly aimless (and circular) journey, making repeated visits to the hut of naturopathic doctor Mirande (Laure Calamy), avoiding his producer (Sébastien Novac), observing a homeless man (Tangi Belbeoc'h), and visiting dying Marcel (Christian Bouillette) at first with the interest of soliciting Yoan again but soon forming a strange bond with the older man that culminates in the most bizarre of assisted suicides and plunging Leo into an even more bizarre world in which everyone else seems to be realizing his desires while he retreats into homelessness and destitution.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 24 August 2016 (France)

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DVD Review: Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Strand Releasing

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:41:06
Video

2.40:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.41 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.40:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:53)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: May 30th, 2017
Amaray

Chapters 8

 

Comments

Strand's typically high-bitrate, progressive anamorphic widescreen transfer has a deliberate softness with an emphasis on wider shots of the countryside and cloudscapes, and characters usually framed against distant horizons. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track favors atmosphere in the surrounds and is more emphatic of the quiet than immersing the viewer. Optional English subtitles are provided. The trailer and previews for other titles (including the director's earlier STRANGER BY THE LAKE) are the only extras.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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