Maurice Pialat's portrait of contemporary France mocks prosperity as a substitute for social and sexual revolution. Nelly abandons her bourgeois friends and a steady relationship for the ... See full summary »
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Maurice Pialat's portrait of contemporary France mocks prosperity as a substitute for social and sexual revolution. Nelly abandons her bourgeois friends and a steady relationship for the unemployed layabout Loulou, whose charms include focusing his energy into sex. Written by
In memory of Maurice Pialat. If you were still around I would have written the following lines. What a skillful translation of an original scenario into almost a workshop on acting. You are a master in actors' directing. Your aim is to throw actors to the screen in order to tell a story. The actor has to have something to say before you decide to put him in front of the camera. The scenario is not essential: each actor has a clear idea what he/she is adding to the story at each scene. The scenario is fully internalized, as actors understand ideas and feelings they are adding to their characters. It is like an orchestra of fine-tuned instruments.
Once the story and dialogues become second nature, you execute brilliantly. This movie could not have survived without your directorial devices and personal trademarks. I like the tension you create throughout the movie. It is subdued. There are always conflicts that surge unexpectedly in the middle of a scene. It is far from improvisation. It is one of your tricks to shift away from potentially monotonous rhythm within a scene. But in this movie, it does not end up in chaos. There is a kind of serenity uncharacteristic of your movies.
Every single actor is meticulously directed, considering that there are a handful of non-professional actors. Gerard Depardieu is surprisingly contained in his acting. He does it with directors he respects and who manage his spontaneous and intuitive acting technique. Isabelle Huppert is a self-contained actress. Her acting can sometimes be so inward that she can get through a movie unnoticed. It is not the case here. You brought all her energy out and showed what an amazing actress she is. There is a particular scene, where she moves from a screeching wildcat to a lovely puppy in seconds. You definitively work miracles with actors.
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