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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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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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A Masterpiece Of Subtlety And Eroticism. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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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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Action Films,Gaumont See more »
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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 »

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Features Julia (1974) See more »

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NEIGE HAYE
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Pialat looks at sexual need
20 February 2004 | by Bob TaylorSee all my reviews

Pialat films people in extreme emotional situations, usually with several violent scenes. In La Gueule ouverte, he's dealing with the devastating effects on a woman's husband and son as she dies of cancer. In A nos amours, the teenage girl's sexual experimentation leads to violent confrontations with her family. Here we have a rather spoiled young woman who abandons her husband to take up with a sexy ex-con. Her motivation is a little cloudy, since Loulou is incapable of reading or discussing anything more challenging than TV shows; on the other hand, he's got a fabulous body (I wonder why Depardieu never made a sports movie to show off that physique--he would have been great as a rugby player).

The casting is impressive. Isabelle Huppert gives a committed performance as Nelly; her middle class reserve plays well against Depardieu's loutish energy. Depardieu plays Loulou with all the dynamism and charm you could want--see the scene in the bar, where he's stabbed in the gut, runs away and seeks treatment, then soon restarts with Nelly. Guy Marchand, with those coal-black eyes and distressed look, plays Nelly's husband beautifully; it's a fine repeat of their pairing in Diane Kurys's Coup de foudre.


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