Suzanne is sixteen and is having sex with many boys, just for fun, but did not manage to really love one of them. Her family does not understand her. The father does not like her behaviour.... See full summary »
France, 1719. Louis 14th died four years ago, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent. He is a liberal and a libertine. His right-hand man, Dubois, an atheistic and cupid priest, as libertine as ... See full summary »
After World War II, a small French village struggles to put the war behind as the controlling Communist Party tries to flush out Petain loyalists. The local bar owner, a simple man who ... See full summary »
After another cardiac arrest, Armand knows he doesn't have long to live. But after more than 70 years in the same house, he doesn't want to die anywhere else. His wife, Rose, has secretly ... See full summary »
Jean Pierre Lefebvre
J. Léo Gagnon,
A woman imbued with naturalistic and libertarian theories leaves her city home to live in the countryside with her young son. There she meets a litigious farmer who fights against the banks... See full summary »
Marcel, recently released from prison, attempt to rebuild his relationship with his girlfriend Julie (now a prostitute) and especially his father Albert (who thinks he's been away on a long... See full summary »
An ex-convict struggles to survive by brute force alone in a turn-of-the-century slum in Braila. Codine (Alexandre Virgil Platon) is the thug who served 10 years for murdering a friend. He ... See full summary »
Alexandru Virgil Platon,
Catherine, a concert pianist, is surprised one night by the arrival of her best friend from childhood, Marie-Alexandrine (Max), whom she hasn't seen for 25 years. Catherine and Max were ... See full summary »
Suzanne is sixteen and is having sex with many boys, just for fun, but did not manage to really love one of them. Her family does not understand her. The father does not like her behaviour. When he leaves home, the mother becomes a little bit neurotic. And Suzanne's brother Robert, begins to beat her as a punishment. Written by
According to the director, the final dinner scene was completely improvised. See more »
In the sequence with the American, Suzanne's outfit changes from a one-shoulder black dress with white stripes trimming just the top of the bodice, to a one-shoulder black&white striped top with a black skirt, and back again. See more »
Sometimes I feel like killing myself, you know? Sometimes I'm sick of living.
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If you are not tuned into the French psyche, then you haven't got a hope of enjoying a film like A Nos Amours. It's not that the French explore different life themes, or that they come up with original solutions to age-old universal problems, they just have that unique Gallic slant on everything - particularly the way people conduct their lives - which either enthralls you or infuriates you. Sandrine Bonnaire plays a pubescent girl who lives outside her emotions except when she's engaging in sexual intercourse. And she engages in plenty of that. She's a very happy person when in the company of young men in bed. She really doesn't have to pursue sexual partners, they find her and she's happy to accommodate. Needless to say, she lives in a dysfunctional family set up which is about to implode with the departure of her father from the familial home. She fights relentlessly with each family member, but it is her father she relates to and between them they have almost developed a normal father-daughter reciprocity. But she is not a normal girl and her listlessness can never really achieve happiness. Maybe she knows that she can never find love and she cannot understand why everyone else is so worried about it. After all, are they really happy in their lives? Can they force her to live the same way as they do? Will that make them happy? It certainly won't make her happy. I like narratives that avoid pigeon-holing characters and coming up with neat and pat solutions. The French seem to understand that life ain't simple, easy or formulaic, but it's better than the alternative and it's worth making the best of what you've got. 8-1/2 out of 10.
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