36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (Around a Small Mountain)
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36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (Around a Small Mountain)
"Around a Small Mountain" is a tale of lost love, chance encounters and the transformative power of art. On a winding mountain road, Vittorio gallantly helps Kate, whose car has broken down, and speeds off never having spoken a word. Later in town, Vittorio learns that Kate has returned to join her family's travelling circus after leaving under mysterious conditions many years ago. Intrigued by her story, Vittorio stays for the show, and the next one, and little by little, is ingratiated into the circus and the lives of its performers -- all the while trying to discover the… 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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