The film is further confirmation of Mia Hansen-Løve’s delicately devastating ear and touch as a filmmaker.
Xavier Giannolli consistently glosses every sequence with a stagey kind of humor, and at the main character’s expense.
Mia Hansen-Løve suggests that the desire for fulfillment—of ideology through revolution, of true love through coupledom—is a cute illusion wasted on the young.
There’s a preciseness and polish to the way the characters are played in Rapt that makes the film resemble an expensive chess set.
Though not among Jacques Rivette great films, Around a Small Mountain shares a lot of qualities with the director’s best work.