The film from the one-time French New Waver (who’s now 83 years old and shows no signs of slowing down!) is a tale of lost love, chance encounters and the transformative power of art.
On a winding mountain road, Vittorio (Sergio Castellitto, Paris, Je T’Aime) stops to help Kate (Jane Birkin, The Very Merry Widows), whose car has broken down. After gallantly making the repair, without a single word spoken, he speeds off. When their paths cross again, Vittorio learns that Kate has returned to join her family’s travelling circus after leaving under mysterious conditions many years ago. Intrigued by her story, Vittorio stays for the show, and the next one, and little by little, is ingratiated into the circus and the lives of its performers — all the while trying to discover the secret that led to Kate’s sudden departure.
Around a Small Mountain (or 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup, as the movie is titled in its native France) was first seen in the U.S. at the New York Film Festival in 2009, followed by a limited Stateside release in theaters last year.
The foreign film is presented in French with English subtitles.
The Around a Small Mountain DVD carries a list price of $29.95.
The DVD includes the following bonus features:
- audio commentary by film scholar Chris Fujiwara
- interview with actress Jane Birkin
- theatrical trailer
- essay by Rob White, editor of Film Quarterly
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