Staying Vertical

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Schedule

Friday, Nov. 4 at 9:30pm
Saturday, Nov. 5 at 4:15pm

Screenwriter Leo (Damien Bonnard) is researching a script — and coping with writer’s block — in the south of France. During a scouting excursion, he is seduced by Marie (India Hair), a free-spirited and dynamic shepherdess, and nine months later she gives birth to their child. Suffering from post-natal depression and with no faith in the feckless Leo, who comes and goes without warning, Marie abandons both of them, and the accidental daddy finds himself alone with a baby to care for. That cursory description of “Staying Vertical,” however, scarcely hints at the film’s boundary-pushing content — from close-up shots of genitalia to a queasily messy birth to extremely graphic gay sex with a dying senior. Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson confidently asserts that “Staying Vertical” was “the most shocking film at Cannes this year.” Although director Alain Guiraudie’s previous work, “Stranger by the Lake,” had it share of explicit material, Lawson declares: “I don’t think anyone expected the variety of startling images in ‘Staying Vertical,’ a movie that unravels in a fashion reminiscent of Charlie Kaufman, only with a decidedly Euro twist.”

2016
100 min.
French

Directed by

Alain Guiraudie

Country

France

Film Category

International Spotlight QFest LGBTQ Spotlight Robert French and French-Language Focus

Subject

Aging Cinema Family Issues LGBTQ Suicide

Genre

Dramedy

Sponsored by

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