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Loulou (1980)

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

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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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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 »

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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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Trivia

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

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

La nouvelle vaque
(Armand Canfora (as Canfora) - Richard Anthony (as Anthony) )
par Richard Anthony (as R. Anthony)
Disques Pathé. Editions Marconi
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The simplicity and realism of Pialat
22 July 2016 | by davikubrickSee all my reviews

Pialat's underrated masterpiece, "Loulou" is a incredible impressive film, mostly because it can explore so many themes, and the way Pialat succeeded to tell this story about a confused "love". Before he made another masterpiece, "À nos amours" (1983), he made this, which every thing sounds and feels real, therefore his character never fell superficial. Nelly (Isabelle Huppert) is emotionally trapped between the simple minded Loulou (Gérard Depardieu) and her aggressive and manipulative husband André (Guy Marchand). "Loulou" is about the freedom that Nelly is looking for, and she believes that this freedom is in her new love affair, Loulou, but yet she is still confused to live with a unemployed man or go back to her boring life. The coldness and detachment that Pialat uses never seems or fell exaggerated, but yet it is still possible to relate and care for these characters. In the end, we have a powerful film about the search for freedom and love, who says more with it's characters actions than with their words. A remarkable masterwork.


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