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 ...
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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
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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