• France
  • 1934
  • 89 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French

In Jean Vigo’s hands, an unassuming tale of conjugal love becomes an achingly romantic reverie of desire and hope. Jean (Jean Dasté), a barge captain, marries Juliette (Dita Parlo), an innocent country girl, and the two climb aboard Jean’s boat, the L’Atalante—otherwise populated by an earthy first mate (Michel Simon) and a multitude of mangy cats—and embark on their new life together. Both a surprisingly erotic idyll and a clear-eyed meditation on love, L’Atalante, Vigo’s only feature-length work, is a film like no other.


JeanJean Dasté
JulietteDita Parlo
Père JulesMichel Simon
KidLouis Lefebvre
ShowmanGilles Margaritis
Juliette’s motherFanny Clar
RaspoutineRaphaël Diligent
Manager of the Waterways CompanyMaurice Gilles


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