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Staying Vertical

Léo, a filmmaker in search of a project, is scouting in the south of France when he is seduced by Marie, a free-spirited and dynamic shepherdess. Months later, after Marie gives birth to their child, she abandons both Leo and their child without warning. Through a series of unexpected and unusual encounters, Leo finds inspiration for his next film amid his new life as a single parent and explorer of his own sexuality. With vivid, pastoral imagery, the story plays out like a fairy tale but with a dark, explicit twist that filmmaker Alain Guiraudie (Stranger by the Lake) is known for. Adult audiences.

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Reviews: Film Comment 1, Film Comment 2, Movie Mezzanine, Village Voice, Brooklyn Magazine, Sight & Sound

Interviews: Interview with Alain Guiraudie at Indiewire, Interview with Alain Guiraudie at MUBI Notebook

Filmography: Stranger by the Lake (2013), King of Escape (2009), Time Has Come (2005), That Old Dream That Moves (2001)

Other Films by Alain Guiraudie

Stranger By the Lake

Franck is a regular at a secluded lakeside beach, a popular hotspot for gay men to sunbathe in the nude and sneak off for casual sex in the nearby woods. On the first day of the season, he spots the rugged, mustachioed Michel and is infatuated. Even after Franck witnesses Michel commit a sudden and