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L'Atalante1934

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  • 4.3
In Jean Vigo's hands, an unassuming tale of conjugal love becomes an achingly romantic reverie of desire and hope. Jean, a barge captain, marries Juliette, an innocent country girl, and the two climb aboard Jean's boat, the L'ATALANTE (otherwise populated by an earthy first mate and a multitude of mangy cats) and embark on their new life together. Both a surprisingly erotic idyll and a clear-eyed meditation on love, L'ATALANTE, Vigo's only feature-length work, is a film like no other.

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The stars were aligned. Magic happens. Love is not reasonable. Delightful/sad romp with the simple folk. Sometimes the mood switches were abrupt, but trust and love come through. The revelation of strength and loyalty by the staunch mate save the day. Life is seldom smooth or predictable, the film lends hope. It's magic.

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mostly silly but for the time (1934) sweet too_some nice scenes & some goofy ones_everyone is good in it

A well acted, spare glimpse of life for a newly wed young woman and her husband on board the barge he captains, accompanied with a familial first mate, ship boy, and lots of cats. This piece gives an especially interesting view of early 1930's French land and city scapes.