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L'Atalante (1934)



Critic Consensus: As poetic as it is realistic, Jean Vigo's L'Atalante passionately deals with relevant themes through the story of two star-crossed lovers.

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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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Dita Parlo
as Juliette
Michel Simon
as Le père Jules
Louis Lefebvre
as Cabin Boy
Fanny Clar
as Juliette's Mother
Raphael Diligent
as Juliette's Father--a Bargeman
Maurice Gilles
as Barge Owner
Rene Bleck
as Best Man
Jacques Prevert
as Extra at Station
Pierre Prevert
as Extra at Station
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Critic Reviews for L'Atalante

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (12)

Although the film left me emotionally unmoved, I recognize its importance to a generation of future filmmakers.

May 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"L'Atalante" is about how the world, in its wonder and cruelty, is both for and against lovers, often dizzyingly so.

October 4, 2018 | Full Review…

An exhibition in technical ingenuity and visual storytelling that was way ahead of its time.

January 20, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

L'Atalante manages to be more modern than anything being made today.

January 19, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A major inspiration to subsequent generations of filmmakers, yet no one has ever succeeded in matching it.

July 24, 2007 | Full Review…

Originally released in 1934, Jean Vigo's first and only full-length feature is one of the cinema's greatest masterpieces.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for L'Atalante


A young barge skipper brings his new wife to live on board the ship L'atalante with him; confined to the boat, she grows bored, leading to domestic tragedy. Simple and charming, with comic relief and memorable, poetic shots; a minor classic, though fans of sentimental romances will consider it a must see title in the genre.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

Super cute early French film from Jean Vigo.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


I barely remember this movie, I didn't see the whole thing, I'll have to watch it again sometime.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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