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L'Atalante

Released: 20/01/2012 Released in key cities
Released 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
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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Empire“A haunting romantic fable...” A stunning debut, which sadly also brought down the curtain on Jean Vigo's promising career...
 
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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...
 
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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
 
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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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