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The story of a naive young woman who marries a barge captain; who slips away from his boat for the opportunity to explore Paris on her own.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A major inspiration to subsequent generations of filmmakers, yet no one has ever succeeded in matching it."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The action is episodic and diffuse but Michel Simon, as the dour and cat-loving barge hand lends a bit of comic relief to the pallidly poetic proceedings."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"An exhibition in technical ingenuity and visual storytelling that was way ahead of its time."
‑ Jack Jones, Little White Lies
"easily Vigo's most "commercial" film, but it never loses the essence of his more abstract and poetic sensibilities"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Blending naturalism and surrealism, this is a work of unique poetic power, a masterpiece that anticipated neo-realism by a decade; the fact that it's Vigo sole completed feature doesn't lessen his status as one of the world's greatest filmmakers."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Originally released in 1934, Jean Vigo's first and only full-length feature is one of the cinema's greatest masterpieces."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"There is much playfulness and poetry, such visual riches."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"L'Atalante manages to be more modern than anything being made today."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The film has a weird kind of poetry and beauty about it that is hard -- perhaps impossible -- to describe."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This quiet little French number is a gossamer confection, but for a film of its era, it's gorgeous to look at."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A landmark of French cinema and one of the most beloved film romances."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Rapt, exuberant and as fragile as mist, this passionate tone poem drifts in its own bubble of oddly dissonant, almost fatalistic romanticism."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Generous tides of life and longing flow through this buoyant masterpiece."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"One can't help but mourn the films an even more mature, capable and confident Vigo might have made had not TB cut him down at the tender age of 29"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"A cine-poem ode to the rhythms of life and love set on a barge travelling along the Seine, Jean Vigo's L'Atalante stands as one of cinema's indisputable masterpieces."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
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