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The Mouth Agape (1974)

La gueule ouverte (original title)
Monique is dying. Around her gather her unfaithful husband, her son, who is like his father, and her daughter-in-law. We observe them playing with life as she dies.

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Nathalie
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Roger le père, 'Le Garçu'
Philippe Léotard ...
Philippe, le fils
Monique Mélinand ...
Monique, la mère
Henri Saulquin
Alain Grestau
Anna Gayane
Mireille Laurenchet
Corinne Derel
Marie-Blanche Dehaux
Christian Dehaux
Jean-Dominique de la Rochefoucauld ...
(as J.-D. de la Rochefoucauld)
Jeanne Dulac
Lucien Dulac
Anne-Claude Girard ...
(as Annie Claude Girard)
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Monique is dying. Around her gather her unfaithful husband, her son, who is like his father, and her daughter-in-law. We observe them playing with life as she dies.

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8 May 1974 (France)  »

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A Vida Íntima de Um Casal  »

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COSI FAN TUTTE
Deutsche Grammophon
B.P. 138 861
(Atto Primo: Scena 5. Recitativo "Non v'e più tempo, amici" - No 9 Quintetto e Coro "De scrivermi ogni giorno" / Scena 6: Recitativo "Dove son ?" - No 10 Terzettino "Soave sia il vento") song title uncredited
Conducted by Eugen Jochum (uncredited)
Fiordiligi: Irmgard Seefried (uncredited)
Drabella: Nan Merriman (uncredited)
Ferrando: Ernst Haefliger (uncredited)
Guglielmo: Hermann Prey (uncredited)
Don Alfonso: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (uncredited)
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker (uncredited)
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great treatment of a difficult subject
20 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Center for Arts of my university is screening all of Pialat's movies this month. 'The mouth agape' is the eighth Pialat film that i've now seen (out of 10) and it is right up there, not only as one of his best along with Loulou, naked childhood, and Van Gogh, but as a striking work on the subject of death. We see an elderly housewife during her last days, who finally dies just when her pain and suffering compels even those who love her intensely, to wish for the dreaded moment to come fast. But the movie is more about how her disjointed family, comprising of a playboyish husband (who, even as an old man, cannot refrain from flirting with any and every woman he runs into), a son who's gone on his father's footsteps and daughter in law, who in a sense mirrors the lady's life. A young and lovely Nathalie Baye plays the daughter in law, and is one of the several stand out performances of the film. In short, death is a hard subject to make films on, but Pialat, with masterful touch, does so with unflinching realism, and the movie has several truly beautiful moments.


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