36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (Around a Small Mountain)
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36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (Around a Small Mountain)
Jacques Rivette co-wrote and directed this intimate story of familial bonds and the life of the artist. Kate (Jane Birkin) was raised on the road, touring with the small circus run by her father, but after a disagreement she left her dad to run the show on his own. Fifteen years later, Kate gets word that her father has died, and his partners in the circus ask her to come back to help keep the show running. To the surprise of many, Kate agrees, taking care of the box office and looking after the business. While traveling to the next show, Kate's car breaks down, but she gets a ride from… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rivette is 82 now, and his best work may be behind him."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Marvelous to contemplate and changing slightly every time you see it."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"elegant, simple structure ( ... ) Rivette provides a male lead, finally, to rival his decades of devotion to actresses from Juliet Berto and Jane Birkin to Geraldine Chaplin and Bulle Ogier"
‑ Miriam Bale, Film Comment Magazine
"Though small in scope and running-time...deals in substantial human issues, and does so with grace and an odd charm."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Circus drama from famed helmer is more curio than classic."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Sometimes a film is simply a story we might have found interesting to live."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The cast is first-rate, as is the cinematography by Irina Lubtchansky. But the story, co-written by Rivette, is paper-thin and stagy."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"It has most of Rivette's usual touches, and it's charming, but it just seems to go by too fast without settling on anything."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"...a visual treat though not emotionally satisfying."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Jacques Rivette indulges his love of theater with this offbeat, low key love story punctuated by acts from aerialists, tumblers and tightrope walkers."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"An elaborate trifle that can be either beguiling or baffling depending on your point of view."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Never is the material excited into the kind of playful uncertainty that Rivette all but trademarked; the inertness of the performances robs the movie of spirit."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Was too slight and wasn't entertaining enough for me to go gaga over it."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's charming and has most of Rivette's usual touches, but it feels like a minor film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Cinematical
"The film shares a lot of qualities with the director's best work."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
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