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Staying Vertical

OT: Rester Vertical

Alain Guiraudie // France, 2015
Fiction Feature // FF2016
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Leo is a film-maker looking for a wolf for his next project. During his search, he meets Marie, a temperamental shepherdess who seduces him and then has his child. Leo, a flighty beau and absolute urbanite, moves in with Marie and her father on their farm. But their happiness is short-lived. One day, Marie abandons him and Leo has to deal with both looking after their child and warding off the increasing advances of his monstrous father-in-law, while his producer is on his case demanding his money back. A steady stream of new, ever more absurd twists rock Leo’s life – and the story, in which nothing is as it appears to be. Staying Vertical is a very entertaining, inspiring rejection of the diktats of common sense and the logic of narration as we know it.


Alain Guiraudie (*1964) comes from a rural background and is today one of France's mostunconventional film-makers. His previous film Stranger by the Lake won the 2013 prize for best direction at Cannesin the section Un Certain Regard. Staying Vertical is his eighth feature.



Rester Vertical

Fiction Feature





100 min

OV with English subtitles

Alain Guiraudie

Alain Guiraudie

Damien Bonnard, India Hair, Raphaël Thiéry, Christian Bouillette, Basile Meilleurat, Laure Calamy

Sylvie Pialat, Benoît Quainon

Claire Mathon (AFC)

Jean-Christophe Hym

Toma Baqueni

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