Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Around a Small Mountain (2009)

Around a Small Mountain / 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (2009)

Genre: Drama
Director: Jacques Rivette
Starring: Jane Birkin, Sergio Castellitto, Andre Marcon
Duration:  84 min.
Rating: 6.5/10

On a winding mountain road, Vittorio gallantly helps Kate with her stalled car, and without a single word exchanged, speeds off.  Later in town, he learns that Kate has returned to join her family's traveling circus after leaving under mysterious conditions many years ago.  Intrigued by her story, Vittorio stays for the show, and the next one, and little by little, is ingratiated into the circus and the lives of its performers - all the while trying to discover the secret that led to Kate's sudden departure.


Around a Small Mountain is a film by 82 year old director Jacques Rivette, one of the most overlooked and under appreciated film makers of all time.  At just under an hour and a half, it is by far his shortest film, contrast that to his longest being a massive 12 hours in length.  It tells the fascinating and charming story of a circus performer played by frequent Rivette collaborator Jane Birkin.  If this turns out to be his final film as many are predicting, it is a fitting swan song for his 50 plus year career.                


Das Auto! said...

doesn't really sound like my kind of movie, but i guess i'll never know till i see it

Adalmin said...

I now must go look up that 12 hour movie holy crap :o

Bonjour Tristesse said...

The title is "Out 1, noli me tangere" (1971), sadly there is no DVD or VHS available and the only copy I've been able to locate is a poor recording from an Italian TV broadcast.

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