L'Atalante

L'Atalante

Synopsis

L'Atalante is a barge in which two young newly-weds travel the waterways of France. The crew consists of an old eccentric with a passion for cats, and an equally peculiar boy. The wife loves her husband but soon grows tired of his water bound obsessions and, longing for the excitement of Paris, is lured ashore by a peddler. The film is a masterpiece not because of the tragic story of its maker (Jean Vigo made only four films before he died of tuberculosis in 1934, aged just 29) or because of its awkward genesis, but because, as Truffaut has said, in filming prosaic words and acts, Vigo effortlessly achieved poetry.

Technical Specs

Director: Jean Vigo
Year: 1934
Country: France
Language: French
Duration: 89 min
Colour: B/W
Alternate Title: Le Chaland Qui Passe