Released: 20/01/2012 Released in key citiesReleased in 1934, Jean Vigo's only full-length film L'Atalante is a masterpiece on the trials and tribulations of love. Telling the story of a newlywed couple who live aboard a cramped barge, the film blends realism with romanticism in a way that has rarely been matched since its long-ago debut. For more information visit: http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/bfi_around_the_uk/film_releases/future_releases/latalan… Buy: http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/bfi_southbank/film_programme/extended_runs/latalante
Film4“Widely recognised as one of the most beautiful films ever made...” True filmic poetry which turns a simple love story into a raw and off-beat fairytale. Given its monumental reputation, L'Atalante does not disappoint...
The Observer“Sublime masterpiece...” Its simple tale focuses on the marital problems of a French bargee and his young provincial wife, and there's an unforgettable performance from Michel Simon as an eccentric seafarer...
Little White Lies“An exhibition in technical ingenuity and visual storytelling...” There’s nothing here to suggest L’Atalante's brilliance has at all diminished as this full-length version ticks all the boxes...
Empire“A haunting romantic fable...” A stunning debut, which sadly also brought down the curtain on Jean Vigo's promising career...
Total Film “Generous tides of life and longing flow through this buoyant masterpiece...” Jean Vigo commands heavyweight reverence, but it’s the lightness of his effortlessly rich feature that resonates...
Time Out“See it and swoon...” The film is far from flawless, and has no desire to be: Simon’s performance alone ensures a ragged, playful sense of spontaneity. The result is something utterly indescribable, partway between comedy and tragedy, romance and realism, film and dream
Guardian“ L'Atalante manages to be more modern than anything being made today...” Jean Vigo's sole feature-length film is a masterpiece of sophistication, technique and human feeling...
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