AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN

AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN

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Code: 5134
A film by Jacques Rivette

2010 / France / 84 min
French 5.1 / English Subtitles / NR



    Synopsis

    From legendary director Jacques Rivette (Va Savoir, The Duchess of Langeais) comes a tale of lost love, chance encounters and the transformative power of art. On a winding mountain road, Vittorio stops to help Kate, whose car has broken down. After gallantly making the repair, without a single word spoken, he speeds off. When their paths cross again, 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 secret that led to Kate's sudden departure.


    Special Features

    · Mastered from HD Source Material
    · Audio Commentary by film scholar Chris Fujiwara
    · Interview with Jane Birkin
    · Theatrical Trailer
    ·"A Safe Circus," an essay by Rob White, Editor of Film Quarterly


    Film Reviews

    ONE OF THE TEN BEST FILMS OF 2010
    —Richard Brody, The New Yorker

    "As transporting and graceful as a ride in a balloon...Reflects meticulous discipline and unerring craft. Ms. Birkin, though quiet and unassuming in the role, is also electrifying."
    —A.O. Scott, The New York Times

    "Irresistibly charming."
    —Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader

    "Stunning... Castellitto is like a Hawksian Cary Grant with a dose of existential Jerry Lewis; his opening scene with Birkin is a ballet of sly subtle gestures, a silent call-and-response between bodies that seems to get to the heart of what makes pure cinema great."
    —Miriam Bale, Film Comment

    "An ephemeral eighty-five-minute daydream."
    —S. James Snyder, Artforum
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