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Loulou (1980)

A bored wife leaves her husband for an unemployed, petty criminal.

Director:

Maurice Pialat

Writers:

Arlette Langmann (scenario), Arlette Langmann (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Nelly
Gérard Depardieu ... Loulou
Guy Marchand ... André
Humbert Balsan Humbert Balsan ... Michel
Bernard Tronczak Bernard Tronczak ... Rémy (as Bernard Tronczyk)
Christian Boucher Christian Boucher ... Pierrot
Frédérique Cerbonnet Frédérique Cerbonnet ... Dominique
Jacqueline Dufranne Jacqueline Dufranne ... Mémère
Willy Safar Willy Safar ... Jean-Louis
Agnès Rosier Agnès Rosier ... Cathy
Patricia Coulet Patricia Coulet ... Marité
Jean-Claude Meilland Jean-Claude Meilland ... Jean-Claude, le gars du casse
Patrick Playez Patrick Playez ... Thomas
Gérald Garnier Gérald Garnier ... Lulu
Catherine De Guirchitch Catherine De Guirchitch ... Marie-Jo
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Storyline

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 <dbc@star.sr.bham.ac.uk>

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Brilliantly Observed... Depardieu And Huppert Perform Remarkably. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 September 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A vagány See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Action Films, Gaumont See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

André: Those three years of us don't count?
Nelly: Of course they do.
André: So? Lust is temporary.
Nelly: I want both.
André: What is it about him?
Nelly: He's insatiable.
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The New Yorker Films American DVD release is the edited version eg the first sex scene between Loulou and Nelly is much longer in the video edition. See more »

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Love is gone with the wind
(N. Sonn - J. Roux)
par TAFANY'S BAND
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Maurice Pialat shows a determined,strong woman caught between two extremes.
4 February 2015 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Although Loulou is a film about the gradual disintegration of a marriage, it is important to note that nobody has been vilified for it. One might be surprised to learn how two men who have differences over their affections for a woman end up becoming good friends. One doesn't know how well staunch feminists have viewed "Loulou" but it can be said that it presents a very strong willed woman who is aware of her priorities in life. It is for her portrayal as strong willed Nelly that veteran French actress Isabelle Huppert was nominated for César award in the best actress category in 1981.Actor Guy Marchand was also nominated for best supporting actor César for his role as Nelly's husband André. French director Maurice Pialat had absolute control over creating strong characters for his films. This is the reason why his protagonists are believed to have the ability to bear any adversity with stoic calm. This sentiment is nicely echoed in one of his important films Loulou. It is considered to be a masterpiece in Pialat's little but highly productive filmography.


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