Staying Vertical

Screenwriter 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.


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  • ★★★★½ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    "Jerking off in the desert is so like him."

  • ★★★½ review by Aaron Salazar on Letterboxd

    I saw something in this which I never thought I'd see on the big screen. A complete 180 from 'Stranger By The Lake'. A comedy(?)-meta-nightmare about sheep and a baby. Wild.

  • ★★★★ review by preston on Letterboxd

    The most striking shot has to be the otherworldly image of the newborn being squeezed out from its mother's womb, as if to say that life, i.e. the mere fact of being alive, is strange and magical (or alternatively that Nature sure works hard to bring us into this life, considering how little joy we find once we get here) - and there is indeed an uncanny quality to this minor-key movie, its spare, witty contours seeming to contain a whole world. The landscape adds to the spell, the rolling fields and occasional pools of water - plus a glimpse of a town where the shapes of the trams echo the sinuous curves of mountain road - the fact that we keep ending up on the same five people also adds to the spell, yet the world is rich nonetheless: there are wolves (or the fear of wolves) to invoke Death or Evil, an innocent baby - used as wolf-bait, held as a kind of marker while its dad fulfils his obligations, finally lost altogether and replaced by a lamb - a woman who behaves like a man, an old man who's no longer 'a man', plus the Object of Desire who seems to end up with everyone else except our hero. By the end, with the title explained, the feeling of a self-contained (albeit small) world is overwhelming.

  • ★★★★ review by Mike D'Angelo on Letterboxd


    A.V. Club review. Finally, a Guiraudie joint that fully clicked for me, both thematically and structurally. Though I'm still confused about why the old dude identifies music as Pink Floyd that is clearly not Pink Floyd. (It doesn't seem to be an intentional joke.)

  • ★★★½ review by Aaron Salazar on Letterboxd

    This basically has the same ending as "Fantastic Mr. Fox".

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