Staying Vertical

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Staying Vertical
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Theatrical release poster
Rester vertical
Directed by Alain Guiraudie
Produced by Sylvie Pialat
Benoît Quainon
Written by Alain Guiraudie
Starring Damien Bonnard
India Hair
Raphaël Thiéry
Cinematography Claire Mathon
Edited by Jean-Christophe Hym
Les Films du Worso
Distributed by Les Films du Losange
Release date
  • 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) (Cannes)
  • 24 August 2016 (2016-08-24) (France)
Running time
100 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $3.8 million[1]
Box office $456.000[2]

Staying Vertical (French: Rester vertical) is a 2016 French drama film written and directed by Alain Guiraudie. The story follows a filmmaker who has to raise a child (whom he had with a shepherdess) by himself whilst seeking inspiration for his new film.[3][4] The film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[5][6]


  • Damien Bonnard as Léo
  • India Hair as Marie
  • Raphaël Thiéry as Jean-Louis
  • Christian Bouillette as Marcel
  • Basile Meilleurat as Yoan
  • Laure Calamy as Doctor Mirande


Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 65%, based on 23 reviews, with an average score of 6.2/10.[7] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 65 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Nominated
Queer Palm Nominated
César Awards Most Promising Actor Damien Bonnard Nominated
Louis Delluc Prize Best Film Nominated
Lumières Awards[9] Best Film Nominated
Best Director Alain Guiraudie Nominated
Most Promising Actor Damien Bonnard Won
Best Screenplay Alain Guiraudie Nominated


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