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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 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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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 »

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Trivia

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

Quotes

Rémy: She seems to be in love with you.
Loulou: Yes, with my dick. Like all the others. That's all they're interested in.
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Alternate Versions

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 »


Soundtracks

Célimène
(David Martial (as D. Martial) - Gilles Sommaire (as G. Sommaire) )
par David Martial (as D. Martial)
Disques CBS. Editions Bagatelle
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good cast in a stale scenario
3 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Bored, restless housewife Isabelle Huppert leaves her brutish husband for an overage juvenile delinquent, played by Gerard Depardieu in one of the roles that made him an unlikely international sex symbol. The film is an uninhibited look at the seamier side of romantic Paris, but may be altogether too dark for its own good, and not only in terms of lighting: the script itself is often unforgivably vague. A talented cast gives the largely improvised non-story an almost documentary feel, but with no sympathetic characters (and with a distracting lack of motivation) the film rambles on interminably in no particular direction. In the end it amounts to little more than just another exercise in urban spiritual malaise, complete with stock footage of the cuckold husband blowing a lonely late-night saxophone in his empty apartment, with the TV flickering silently in the background. Not even the most opaque European art-house mood piece can support that kind of cliché.


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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 September 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Loulou See more »

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Action Films, Gaumont See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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