Léo (Damien Bonnard), the central character in “Staying Vertical,” is a tall, curly-haired drifter with a hawk-nosed reptilian stare — he looks like a doleful French version of Kramer from “Seinfeld.” Early on, he hooks up with Marie (India Hair), a single mother who is working as a shepherd on her father’s farm, and before it’s even clear that the two are going to be a couple, they’ve collaborated on having a baby. Actually, they’re not a couple: Marie splits with no explanation (other than a vague aura of post-natal blues), leaving the infant for Léo to care for.
Several exquisite stand-alone sequences are unsatisfactorily strung together on a thin cord of mother love in this disappointing adaptation.
It involves getting rid of the festival's antiquated dress code.
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The 69th Cannes Film Festival is officially underway. Watch live as stars like Justin Timberlake and Kirsten Dunst arrive for the world premiere of Woody Allen’s new film, “Cafe Society."
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