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A lyrically beautiful film of life and love on the Seine, L'ATALANTE centres on a young barge captain (Jean Dasté) who takes his bride (Dita Parlo) from her dull riverside village to live with him on the boat that plies the canal system round Paris.
The marriage soon comes under strain: he is unwilling to indulge her excited desire to visit the city while she underestimates his backbreaking workload.
The simple story of quarrel and reconciliation is illuminated with moments of poetic delight, such as an impromptu waltz to a record played on a phonograph, or the captain searching frantically for his wife underwater..