Movie Review - Staying Vertical
The problem is that Guiraudie's central character never acts with much logical coherence or in ways that make sense from scene-to-scene. Guiraudie's previous protagonist performed actions that were disagreeable and even endangering but those actions made sense when considering external and internal conflicts. The actions here don't make sense on any level. Whereas Guiraudie's last film dabbled in the horror and psychological thriller genre, perhaps here he's dabbling in a kind of absurdist humor, or the kind of humor coming out of modern European countries like Toni Erdmann for example.
If the film is a comedy, it's running gag is how people seem to lust after people who have no interest in them. There are four characters here who specifically attempt to have sex with someone and that someone rejects them. If the movie was more about digging into the lives of all four and seeing how each pushes or pulls another, that might be one thing, but this movie is so superficial that it loses its humor. Guiraudie, like in his previous, would rather follow some young, naive man. Only here, the man in question stumbles and meanders from one place to another with not much direction.
Damien Bonnard stars as Léo, the aforementioned protagonist in this movie. He's under pressure to write a screenplay. He keeps procrastinating and avoiding doing it. He literally runs and hides from his agent. Presumably, he's suffering from writer's block, but he is able to churn out good pages when he wants. Yet, he doesn't. He instead takes off with his baby but with no money, no diapers and no where to go. He basically chooses to become homeless, a beggar on the street with a baby rather than do his writing. Even when his agent offers child care, Léo just takes off. It makes no sense and is stupid.
Not Rated but contains full-frontal male and female nudity and graphic sexuality.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 38 mins.